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Headless body is not C18th Scottish clan chief, say experts
Tests show remains were those of woman and not Bonnie Prince Charlie supporter Simon FraserHuman remains thought to belong to a notorious 18th-century Jacobite-supporting Scottish clan chief have been found to be those of an unknown headless woman, according to experts.Official accounts maintain the remains of Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat known as “the Old Fox”, were buried under a chapel floor in the Tower of London following his execution.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 19, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Archaeology Scotland Science UK news Source Type: news

Flu death toll hits 149, official figures reveal
Some 120 flu deaths have been recorded in England, 21 are known to have died in Scotland and eight in Northern Ireland. No precise data exists for Wales. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Green light for new Scottish GP contract as over 70% vote 'yes'
GP practices in Scotland will begin working under a new GMS contract from April after a 'historic' vote saw 71.5% of the profession back the new deal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Outcomes Get Worse for Pregnant Women With Diabetes in Scotland Outcomes Get Worse for Pregnant Women With Diabetes in Scotland
Perinatal outcomes for mothers with diabetes in Scotland have not improved over time and, if anything, are worse today than they were 15 years ago.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

How the new Scottish contract changes GP funding and pay
GPs in Scotland have voted for a new GP contract that will change the way that practices are funded and starts the move towards a new pay structure for GPs. GPonline explains these aspects of the deal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

RPS in Scotland responds to Health & Sport Committee ’s Preventative Agenda inquiries
The RPS in Scotland has published its responses to the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee’s Preventative Agenda inquiries into substance misuse and sexual health, blood borne (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 17, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

The NHS crisis in five charts
Unless you’ve been truly hibernating so far this year, you will have heard that thousands of NHS operations have been cancelled. But what is the NHS winter crisis? Here are five charts that can shed some light. The number of cancelled operations is on the rise Hospitals across the country are having to cancel elective operations. These are the operations that are planned in advance, and they are  cancelled because of an increase in emergencies which take up staff time and hospital space. The data on cancelled operations is published quarterly, so we don’t know the number of cancellations for this month, bu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: P.S data health health care Health Funding Crisis NHS NHS funding winter pressures on NHS Source Type: news

Mum 'lucky' to lose baby weight in a week had bowel cancer
Caroline Dick, from  West Lothian, Scotland (pictured with her son Maxx), shed two stone in a week after giving birth. She had no idea her pregnancy was masking the disease, which is now incurable. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish NHS waiting times performance at new low
The latest weekly figures showed that 77.9% of patients were dealt with within the four-hour target time. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Almost 500 operations postponed across Scottish hospitals last week
A rapid rise in flu cases and a spell of severe weather has put additional pressure on the NHS in Scotland. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospital operations for child teeth removal increase in England
Dentists say England has a "second-class" dental service compared with Wales and Scotland. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnancy still ‘high risk’ for women with diabetes in Scotland
Pregnancy for women with diabetes remains high risk and more work is needed to ensure mothers and babies in Scotland get the best care, say researchers behind a new study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Loneliness: the public health challenge of our time
Loneliness is one of the leading public health challenges of our time, with research suggesting that more than 100,000 older people in Scotland are “chronically lonely”. This loneliness can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. The Scottish Government has a commitment to developing a strategy on tackling social isolation and it is hoped that this paper will inform the development of that strategy and generate a much ne eded debate about how we connect with one another and what support is needed for those at risk of loneliness and social isolation. The paper also explores the connection betw...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group seeks views on antimicrobial campaign
Back in September 2017, RPS in Scotland supported the launch of the“Keep Antibiotic Working” campaign in which all Scottish community pharmacies were involved. The campaign ran between O (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 11, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Chewing mints makes bad breath worse
The sugar in mints not only rots teeth but causes odours, according to dentist James Buchanan from North Lanarkshire, Scotland. He reveals what foods will wash away odour-causing particles. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why do the majority of NHS staff not get the flu vaccine?
Less than half of healthcare workers in Scotland are taking up the offer of a flu jab. Why? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Individuals' perceptions on immigration and political trust may have shaped the Brexit vote
(Wiley) A few weeks prior to the EU Referendum in the UK, researchers surveyed 1,000 residents of Kent in the south east of England (where a majority intended to vote to leave), and 1,000 across Scotland (where a majority intended to vote to remain). The findings are published in the British Journal of Social Psychology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UNISON launches campaign to divest pensions from carbon
A campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon will be launched today (Wednesday) by UNISON. UNISON’s step-by-step guide is designed to help members of local government pension schemes push for changes in the investment of their funds. The aim is to explore alternative investment opportunities, allowing schemes to sell their shares and bonds in fossil fuels and to go carbon-free. Chair of UNISON’s policy committee James Anthony said: “Pensions are meant to safeguard our future, but that future is threatened by the burning of carbon in fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas. &ldq...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Clare Santry Tags: Press release Energy Environment local government pensions Source Type: news

Scottish A&E waits at highest level in final week of 2017
More than 1,000 people spent more than eight hours waiting in emergency departments over the festive break. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish A&E waits at highest level
More than 1,000 people spent more than eight hours waiting in emergency departments over the festive break. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bride-to-be was nearly driven to suicide due to a rash
Kate Crawford, 27, from Stirling, Scotland, woke on New Year's Eve 2016 to find her body covered in angry red hives. After trying many medications that have failed, she may have to take leprosy drugs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lawyers' question repetition and children's responses in Scottish criminal courts - Andrews SJ, Lamb ME.
This study examined the effects of repeated questions ( n = 7,968) on fifty-six 5- to 17-year-olds' testimony in child sexual abuse cases in Scottish criminal courts. We examined transcripts of direct- and cross-examinations, categorizing how lawyers asked... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Glasgow study finds women more likely to suffer from SAD
A new study from the University of Glasgow in Scotland revealed that women are more likely to suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) than men. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

QOF targets in Wales eased to help winter pressures
Extra £10m announced to help relieve NHS pressures Related items fromOnMedica Scotland to scrap QOF system of GP pay Include management of nutrition in QOF, says Patients Association QOF suspended in Northern Ireland Is there a life after QOF? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public still largely ignorant of safe drinking guidelines
Only 16% of people aware of recommended guidelines Related items fromOnMedica Alcohol dependency and detoxification Alcohol minimum unit pricing gets go ahead in Scotland Metabolic factors combined with alcohol increase risk of severe liver disease Experts identify how alcohol raises cancer risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh 2018 - call for abstracts and workshops open as of 5 January
The opportunity to present workshops, special sessions, oral presentations and posters opens on 5 January 2018. This is your chance to be part of the 25th annual Cochrane Colloquium. The theme of the event is ‘Cochrane for all – better evidence for better health decisions’ and we look forward to receiving submissions on the sub-themes of ‘producing evidence’, ‘making evidence accessible’ and ‘advocating for evidence’.The 2018  Colloquium will be held in Edinburgh at the International Conference Centre in Scotland from 16-18 September 2018. It will hosted by&nb...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - January 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Nancy Owens Source Type: news

Proposed minimum unit price for alcohol would lead to large price rises
This briefing finds that the proposed Scottish 50p minimum unit price for alcohol would increase retail prices of alcohol for many products by an average of 35%. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Rural GPs vote against Scottish contract amid call for ballot to be annulled
The ballot on a new GP contract for Scotland should be annulled because of a 'lack of due process and fair procedures', a Scottish primary care academic has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Surge in Scottish ambulance calls at new year
The Scottish Ambulance Service says it has been "a challenge" to cope with a 38% rise in calls. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Newer Epilepsy Drugs Haven't Boosted Seizure Control (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Scottish study calls for development of disease-modifying agents (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - December 27, 2017 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

An analysis of suicide trends in Scotland 1950-2014: comparison with England & Wales - Dougall N, Stark C, Agnew T, Henderson R, Maxwell M, Lambert P.
BACKGROUND: Scotland has disproportionately high rates of suicide compared with England. An analysis of trends may help reveal whether rates appear driven more by birth cohort, period or age. A 'birth cohort effect' for England& Wales has been previously ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Scottish social care plans pledge nurse recruitment campaign
A national recruitment campaign to attract nurses and other professionals into social care, as well as further testing of a Dutch community nursing model, are among some of the key elements of the latest workforce plans in Scotland. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Scottish Parliament debates alcohol and drug-related deaths
The Scottish Parliament has today (20 December 2017) debated alcohol and drug-related deaths in Scotland on the back of a motion lodged by Labour MSP Monica Lennon.* We worked closely with members sp (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - December 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Ayrshire and Arran nurse elected as new chair of RCN Scotland
Stewart Donnelly has been elected as the new chair of the Royal College of Nursing ’s Scottish board. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pharmacists ’ role in diabetes highlighted to Scottish Health & Sport Committee
RPS Scotland member, Alison Cockburn, who specialises in in cardiovascular risk reduction in diabetes, gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Health& Sport Committee on Tuesday 19 Decem (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - December 20, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Surviving period poverty with 'socks and tissue'
A Scottish government pilot project is helping women who can't afford sanitary products. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother discovered Christmas party hangover was cancer
Elizabeth Graham, 33, of of Paisley, Scotland, felt like she'd downed 20 drinks next morning but had consumed only five. A blood test revealed that she had leukaemia, which needed urgent treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Royal honour for theatre nurse at Scottish national hospital
A dedicated theatre nurse has today been presented with a British Empire Medal (BEM) in recognition of her services to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pay rises above 1% revealed for nursing staff in Scotland budget
The Scottish government has revealed its draft financial plans for the next financial year, including pay rises above 1% for nursing staff and confirming the continuation of bursaries for student nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RPS in Scotland questions Scottish Government commitment to records access for community pharmacists
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has with concern noted the Scottish Government’s underwhelming response in relation to the Scottish Conservatives’ call to give community pharm (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - December 12, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Review backs campaign to diversify Scottish nurse workforce
A range of measures to encourage people from a diverse range of backgrounds into nursing and midwifery have been recommended, following the publication of a major workforce and education review that was commissioned by the chief nursing officer for Scotland. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 12, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pilot study of a group-based psychosocial trauma recovery program in secure accommodation in Scotland - ` I, Mitchell D, Yule W.
The current study is the first to implement and evaluate a group-based trauma-specific program for adolescents in a secure accommodation facility in Scotland. A randomized control and qualitative pilot study compared an intervention group (n = 10), who rec... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

No criminal charges for pharmacists for unwitting drug errors
MPs approve new defence which will come into force next year Related items fromOnMedica Give pharmacists more prescribing rights to ease GP burden GPs welcome more pharmacists into their surgeries Scottish pharmacy services strategy revealed New guidance for pharmacists using quality payments scheme Regulator cracks down on unsafe practice at online pharmacies (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 8, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

This is what we do – top 8 brilliant things from 2017
It’s impossible to review UNISON’s year and do justice to all the amazing things UNISON’s activists and members get up to. So, we haven’t tried. Instead here are 8 pretty important, awesome things we’ve done together. Roll on 2018.  It wasn’t just about ET The big headline-grabbing win over the summer concerned employment tribunal fees. They were scrapped after UNISON won a landmark court victory against the government. The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Magazine christmas Source Type: news

Raising awareness of arthritis in Scotland
On Tuesday 5th December, Arthritis Research UK held our first Scottish parliamentary reception in Holyrood as a newly merged charity to highlight the prevalence and impact of arthritis in Scotland. Kindly sponsored by Rona MacKay MSP, the event was attended by 8 of Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) who came to find out about how arthritis can affect people with musculoskeletal conditions.MSPs spoke to people living with arthritis, tried our gloves which simulate the mobility restrictions arthritis can cause, as well as received exclusive data on how many people in their local area may have certain forms of arthritis.Ca...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 7, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

GPs now able to vote on proposed new contract
Poll opens to decide ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to new Scottish GP contract Related items fromOnMedica Scottish pharmacy services strategy revealed BMA hails 'historic' new GP contract Record number of practices in Scotland hand back contracts Make GP a more attractive career, agree MPs BMA calls for maximum number of patients per GP (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Voting begins on new GP contract for Scotland
Doctors' leaders have called on every GP and GP trainee in Scotland to have their say from Thursday in a ballot on a new contract deal for general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Rise in number of vacant nurse and midwife posts in Scotland
There has been an increase in the number of nurses and midwife posts that are vacant in Scotland, including those that have been empty for a long period, according to latest official workforce figures. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 6, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Bottom dog men': disability, social welfare and advocacy in the Scottish coalfields in the interwar years, 1918-1939 - Turner A, McIvor A.
This article connects with and builds on recent research on workmen's compensation and disability focussing on the Scottish coalfields between the wars. It draws upon a range of primary sources including coal company accident books, court cases and trade u... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Pharmacists have a key role in prevention of type 2 diabetes RPS in Scotland tells Health & Sport Committee
Building on the RPS in Scotland’s ongoing engagement with the Scottish Parliament’s Health& Sport Committee in relation to its inquiry into the prevention agenda, we have been invited (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - December 5, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news