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Sick premature babies face a care 'postcode lottery'
Researchers compared neonatal care across England, Scotland and Wales and found significant variations by area. The findings are from the latest NNAP report. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Staggering' number of women seeking abortion pills online
A study showed some women in England, Scotland and Wales are shunning the NHS and using drugs from the internet despite abortion being legal in these countries. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kids Believe Gender Stereotypes By Age 10, Global Study Finds
In almost every society, from Baltimore to Beijing, boys are told from a young age to go outside and have adventures, while young girls are encouraged to stay home and do chores. In most cultures, girls are warned off taking the initiative in any relationship and by 10 years old, already have the distinct impression that their key asset is their physical appearance. These are the findings of a new six-year study of gender expectations around the world, which gathered data on 10- to 14-year-olds from 15 different countries of varying degrees of wealth and development. The research teams interviewed 450 adolescents and their...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Belinda Luscombe Tags: Uncategorized boys gender girls Global global study health Johns Hopkins Mental Health/Psychology Stereotypes Source Type: news

Channel Islands' buried porpoise is not the first such mysterious find
A porpoise jawbone, discovered in the Shetlands by a 1950s schoolboy as part of an ancient treasure hoard, raises similar questions about the significance these animals held for earlier peopleThestrange discovery of a porpoise skeleton interred in a medieval religious grave in the Channel Islands is evocative of a deep cultural connection between humans and cetaceans which we are only just beginning to understand.It speaks to a different, historical relationship to the natural world – one which now appears to be coming full circle.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 20, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Philip Hoare Tags: Porpoises Cetaceans Marine life Environment Scotland Archaeology Science UK news Heritage Channel Islands Source Type: news

Blog: Lillie McNaughton was one of those special people
Our union is made up of so many special people, who dedicate their lives to their friends, their communities and our movement. Lillie McNaughton was one of those people. A brilliant trade union activist, Lillie was police convenor for many years in the Strathclyde regional council branch of UNISON, and later became an active member of the Strathclyde Police and Fire branch. Active in the union until her 80s, she represented retired members with distinction and determination at a branch, Scottish and UK-wide level, “wee Lillie” will be missed by all those who knew her. Yet it is a testament to the kind of person...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 19, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

‘Refreshed’ preceptorship programme launched in Scotland
A continuing professional development programme for newly-qualified nurses and midwives in Scotland has been relaunched today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Varian Medical launches Eclipse 15.5 radiosurgery planning software
Varian Medical‘s (NYSE:VAR) said today it launched the Eclipse 15.5, a new version of its radiotherapy treatment planning software which includes support for its HyperArc high definition radiotherapy system The newly launched Eclipse 15.5 features MCO, which allows clinicians to examine outcomes related to clinical criteria including which organs are spared versus coverage of a targeted tumor, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said. “With Eclipse 15.5 we have seen an instant improvement in plan quality when using MCO, across a wide range of treatment sites. We have been able to reduce doses to organs at ...
Source: Mass Device - September 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Radiosurgery Software / IT Varian Medical Systems Source Type: news

Announcing Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh 2018: a Patients Included health research conference
Cochrane, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health will be holding the 25th annual Cochrane Colloquium at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Scotland from 15th to 18th September 2018. It will be hosted by Cochrane UK.The theme of the Colloquium will be:‘Cochrane for all – better evidence for better health decisions’This will be a Colloquium for everyone. It will welcome newcomers to Cochrane from all parts of the world and from all backgrounds. One of the key aims is to increase the involvement of patients, carers and family...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Trump ’s Tweet Condemning the ‘Loser Terrorist’ in the London Attack Is Causing Some Confusion
President Donald Trump quickly took to Twitter early Friday morning to condemn what he called the “loser terrorist” behind the explosion on a London Underground subway train, doing so before British authorities had identified any suspect or suspects in the attack that left at least 18 people injured. In a string of Twitter posts, Trump described the unidentified perpetrator or perpetrators behind the explosion in the Parsons Green area of the city as “sick and demented.” He also suggested that local authorities might have been aware of the threat, saying that the culprits “were in the sights o...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kate Samuelson Tags: Uncategorized Donald Trump onetime parsons green president trump Terror terrorist attacks twitter United Kingdom Source Type: news

Women more likely than men to lose interest in sex
Conclusion This study appears to suggest that many factors increase the likelihood of both men and women reporting a lack of interest in sex. Overall, women seem to be more likely to lose interest than men. While this large study provides some insight into the possible reasons behind having a lack of interest in sex, it has a few limitations: As so many factors were considered, there were bound to be some that showed statistical significance – this could just be by chance. The cross-sectional nature of the study means we can't be sure if the specific factors reported on caused the lack of interest, or vice versa. Peo...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news

What to Know About the Explosion on a London Underground Train
At least 18 people have been injured after an explosion on a London Underground train that police are treating as a terrorist incident. Counterterrorism police are investigating the explosion, which was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED), that took place during rush hour. Images of a white bucket on fire next to a door are being shared widely on social media, but it has not been confirmed as the device. The police were called to the scene at Parsons Green station in southwest London on Friday morning. London’s transport authority has extended a suspension of the line that ran through the station, and ambu...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara John Tags: Uncategorized london Source Type: news

Cannabis beats "incurable" brain tumor after chemo fails
(Natural News) A Scottish woman given just months to live back in 2013 claims that she has cannabis oil to thank for the fact that she has been in remission for nearly four years. After being diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor, Lynn Cameron was subjected to the usual assault of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Steven Mnuchin Requested a U.S. Military Jet to Use for His Honeymoon
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asked for a $25,000-an-hour military jet to fly him and his wife on a honeymoon to Europe, weeks before the couple flew on a government aircraft during the eclipse. The department’s inspector general announced on Wednesday that they were investigating the request, which was made because Mnunchin feared he would not have access to secure communications while traveling to Scotland, France, and Italy, ABC News reported. “It is imperative that he have access to secure communications, and it is our practice to consider a wide range of options to ensure he has these capabilities...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Lewis Tags: Uncategorized louise linton onetime steven mnuchin Treasury Department Source Type: news

Treasury Secretary requested government jet for European honeymoon
Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested use of a government jet to take him and his wife on their honeymoon in Scotland, France and Italy earlier this summer. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Politics Source Type: news

How Weight Loss Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
An analysis published in The BMJ aims to let doctors and the public in on a little-known secret: Type 2 diabetes, in many cases, is curable. People can reverse their diabetes by losing about 33 pounds, say the authors of the new paper, despite popular belief that the diagnosis is always a permanent one. If more people were striving for this goal, and if more doctors were documenting instances of diabetes remission, complication rates and health-care costs could both be reduced dramatically, the authors say. The analysis is based on evidence from recent clinical trials. In one from 2011, people who were recently diagnosed w...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan Tags: Uncategorized blood sugar calories can you reverse diabetes diabetic diet Heart Disease how to prevent diabetes insulin is diabetes curable metabolism pre-diabetes type 2 diabetes Weight loss Source Type: news

Longest-serving employee at Glenwood health centre announces retirement
Joan Hutton is standing down after 45 years of loyal service at the Glenwood medical practice located in the town of Glenroth, in east-central Scotland.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 11, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick HR Latest News Source Type: news

50 Years Ago This Week: War and Democracy in Vietnam
Milestone moments do not a year make. Often, it’s the smaller news stories that add up, gradually, to big history. With that in mind, in 2017 TIME History will revisit the entire year of 1967, week by week, as it was reported in the pages of TIME. Catch up on last week’s installment here. Week 37: Sept. 15, 1967 The man on this week’s cover, Nguyen Van Thieu, had just been elected President of South Vietnam — and his victory represented more than just a change of power in the war-torn nation. Thieu, 44, was the son of a farmer/fisherman who had once joined the Viet Minh to combat French colonialism ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lily Rothman Tags: Uncategorized Media Vietnam War Source Type: news

Botswana: Minister to Relook Issue of Referrals
[Botswana Daily News] Letlhakeng -Minister of Health and Wellness, Ms Dorcas Makgato has promised residents of Motokwe that she will re-look the issue of referring patients from Motokwe Clinic to Hukuntsi Primary Hospital rather than Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Molepolole. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 11, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Pay cap forces public service staff into debt, says UNISON
  Staff providing vital public services are being forced into debt, into cutting back on groceries, having to go without heating and even a daily meal, because of the government’s pay cap, according to research by UNISON.   The findings released today (Sunday) will increase pressure on ministers to give all public service employees a proper pay rise ahead of the annual Trades Union Congress (TUC), which opens in Brighton later today A survey* of nearly 11,000 employees including paramedics, teaching assistants, hospital porters and police staff across the UK hi...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 10, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Lynn Cameron claims cannabis oil CURED her brain tumour
Lynn Cameron, 48, from Blantyre, Scotland was given just 'six to 18 months' after her grade 4 tumour failed to respond to chemotherapy. She claims cannabis oil made her mass disappear. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Watch out for the northern lights tonight – UK could be in for a big display
Those in the UK should look northwards for the aurora tonight as the aftermath of the biggest solar flare for more than a decade continues to pummel EarthThe particle ‘debris’ created by a monstrously large solar flare reached Earth at around 00:00 BST last night. It sparked displays of the northern lights that were seen as far south as Edinburgh in Scotland and Arkansas in the US.At 00:12 BST, Lancaster University ’sAurorawatch issued an amber alert, meaning that aurora is likely across Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland. A dozen minutes later, they upgraded to red alert, saying “It is...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 8, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Clark Tags: Science Space Astronomy Source Type: news

Statins cut heart deaths in men by 28% finds study
Conclusion This new analysis found that men without cardiovascular disease who were prescribed a statin were less likely to go on to develop heart disease or have a major cardiovascular event. These findings from the five-year randomised controlled trial are useful – there's been a lot of debate about whether giving statins to people without any cardiovascular disease is helpful. But it's harder to draw conclusions from the longer term results, as these were from a non-randomised observational period. Potential confounding factors – such as the men's attitude to medicine, risk and health – may have influe...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Statins Help Healthy People Lower Their'Bad' Cholesterol
THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 -- Cholesterol-lowering statins reduce the risk of heart disease and death in otherwise healthy people who have very high levels of " bad " LDL cholesterol, a long-term study finds. For 20 years, more than 5,500 men in Scotland... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 7, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Scottish government confirms that it will discard NHS pay cap
The Scottish government has confirmed its commitment to lifting the 1% cap no pay rises for nursing and midwifery staff, and to introducing safe staff legislation for the health service. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 6, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Are we heading for a nurse and midwife crisis?
The media is full of reports that we are in, or heading towards, a nursing crisis. That is to say, a huge shortage of them. But are we really? We dive into the data to find out. First of all, we need to consider the shortage of nurses that already exists. There isn’t one definitive number for how many nurses we’re currently lacking. One figure frequently cited is 20,000, and analysis by the Health Service Journal said that last October 96% per cent of acute hospitals failed to provide the planned number of registered nurses to cover day shifts. So, what we can say is that we don’t currently have enough. T...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article P.S data health NHS nurse nurses Source Type: news

One in 20 nursing and midwifery posts unfilled in Scotland
The number of qualified nurses and midwives in Scotland has crept up since last year, but there are a record number of vacancies, according to latest NHS workforce figures. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 6, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Refugee doctor: 'I hope to make the UK proud'
Doctors who have travelled to Scotland as refugees are getting the chance to work for the NHS. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PrEP safe and effective for young men who have sex with men
But waning adolescent adherence to medication puts many at risk of HIV infection Related items fromOnMedica HIV antiretroviral injection equally safe as oral drug NHS launches mass HIV prevention trials NHS England loses appeal over PreP drugs Antiretrovirals might raise susceptibility to syphilis Scotland first country in UK to fund PrEP through NHS (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scotland Details Human Trafficking Hotspots in Bid to End Abuse Scotland Details Human Trafficking Hotspots in Bid to End Abuse
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

UNISON calls on PM to follow Scotland and lift the pay cap
Commenting on confirmation from the First Minister that the Scottish government is to lift the public sector pay cap, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s high time the Prime Minister followed suit and scrapped the cap for all public sector employees – no matter where in the UK they work or what job they do. “By persisting with its punishing pay cap, Theresa May’s government is guilty of wreaking untold damage on our public services, and causing dedicated staff huge financial hardship. Ministers must do the decent thing and end public sector pay misery now.” Media ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis pay pay cap public sector pay Scotland Source Type: news

Scottish health board appoints two new MS specialist nurses
NHS Lanarkshire has recruited two new multiple sclerosis specialist nurses, plus a part-time neurology nurse, to support the 1,200 patients living with the condition in its region. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 5, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Sturgeon says Scotland will end public sector pay cap
The 1% cap on Scottish public sector pay rises will be scrapped next year, Nicola Sturgeon confirms. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lifting of NHS pay cap in Scotland raises hopes of GP pay increase
The Scottish government will scrap the 1% cap on public sector pay, opening the possibility of real-terms pay increases for GPs next year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Pay pressure is beginning to pay off – but there ’ s so much more to do
In the past few days, attention has returned to the government’s painful and pointless pay cap. Rumours have begun to circulate that the Westminster government might be about to scrap the cap, and at long last move towards real pay rises for public sector workers. Meanwhile in Scotland, the SNP government has confirmed plans to lift the 1% cap. Of course, it’s great to see that the pressure we’ve been putting on the government is beginning to pay off – especially after a summer of intensive work on our Pay Up Now campaign. But I certainly won’t be taking the kind words of Tory MPs or unsourced...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 5, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News pay pay cap pay up now Source Type: news

Sepsis decision 'putting lives at risk'
A call for a national campaign to raise awareness of sepsis is rejected by the Scottish government. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Publicans support action on cheap supermarket alcohol
Clinician welcome support on minimum pricing from industry Related items fromOnMedica Alcohol and the nervous system Alcohol dependency and detoxification Doctors warn alcohol will cause 63,000 deaths in England by 2022 Alcohol misuse must be tackled in Scotland Tighter pub licensing linked to 2% cut in admissions (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nasal spray effective at protecting vaccinated children from flu
Data published by Public Health England (PHE) has shown that the flu vaccine nasal spray reduced the risk of vaccinated children getting flu by 65.8% in the 2016 to 2017 season in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Speakers announced for the Scottish National Seminar 2017
We are pleased to formally announce the speakers at this year’s Scottish National Seminar– Pharmacy for the future, building on strong foundations. We are delighted to welcome Professor (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - August 31, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Falkirk son inherits Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease like dad
Andrew Frerich, 51,  and son Calum, from Falkirk, Scotland, both live with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. His father says Calum 'doesn't realise he has limitations' and hurts himself. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish anti-smoking strategy shows 'positive impact'
A report says anti-smoking measures are working, but highlights links between smoking and deprivation. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hope for improving protection of the reticulated python
(Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ) Trading in skins of the reticulated python is such a lucrative business that illegal exports are rising sharply and existing trade restrictions are being circumvented on a large scale. This is endangering the stability of populations. Therefore, researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and the Royal Zoological Society Scotland are developing genetic methods for tracking down individual origins and potential trade routes of the skins. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 30, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Hundreds more nursing posts planned by Scotland ’s health boards
NHS health boards in Scotland are planning to increase their nursing and midwifery workforce by 594 posts this year, according to official projections. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 29, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Child protection and disability in Scotland: a cause for concern (Safety-2016 abstract #282) - Taylor J, Jones C.
BACKGROUND Disabled children are at least four times more likely to be abused than their non-disabled peers. This abuse is likely to be of longer duration and be more severe. Despite this heightened risk, the abuse of disabled children often goes undetecte... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

The birthday party (Safety-2016 abstract #657) - Burnett C, Lumsden E.
Background The importance of teaching home safety to children in Scotland has been highlighted by NHS Scotland statistics, which show 2,128 injuries to children under five happen in the home each year. Most of these accidents are preventable through improv... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Greatest challenge
Former Scotland rugby international Doddie Weir says his focus is on helping find a cure for the disease. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Falls in Scottish homicide: lessons for homicide reduction in mental health patients - Crichton JHM.
The sustained fall in Scottish homicide rates follows crime reduction measures informed by the epidemiology of suicide. The violence reduction unit targeted young men carrying knives in public. The restriction of weapons immediately to hand appears to have... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Introducing your RPS local coordinators in Scotland
We have today hosted our first RPS local coordinators’ team building day, aimed at bringing the team together to start coordinating the events for the coming year. Jill Cruickshank, an RPS memb (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - August 24, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Blog: It ’s time to raise wages for all public sector workers
This morning I was in Glasgow at the QE hospital to meet our biggest branch, who also happen to be one of our best. Glasgow Health branch epitomise the dedication of our activists around the country, walking the wards daily to recruit and represent members from across the health service. But I wasn’t just there to see the work they do, I was there to back UNISON Scotland’s “Scrap The Cap” campaign to end the pay cap in the NHS once and for all. Pay is always at the forefront of our union’s agenda, but the current political situation means that we have a big opportunity to win real and meaning...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 24, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

"You think you're helping them, but they're helping you too": experiences of Scottish male young offenders participating in a dog training program - Leonardi RJ, Buchanan-Smith HM, McIvor G, Vick SJ.
Interaction with animals can be beneficial to humans and animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) are increasingly popular in a range of contexts. Dog training programs (DTPs) are the most popular form of AAI in custodial contexts; prisoners often have multipl... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Blog: Women members at the heart of our union
I’m in Scotland this week to meet some of our fantastic members and activists, so it was fitting – and a real pleasure – to address UNISON’s Scottish Women’s Committee this morning. Since our union was first established, Scotland and our Scottish members have always been at the heart of our union. It’s a place that means a great deal to me and somewhere that I’ve always had a strong connection to. And as a union with over a million women members, we have always fought to ensure that we are the best union for women, with women playing a leading role at every level. Every major succe...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Scotland women Source Type: news