Sugary drinks linked to risk of overall and breast cancer
Limiting consumption of sugary drinks might represent a modifiable risk factor for cancer prevention Related items fromOnMedica Diabetes risk lower with high intake of fruit and veg Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Child type 2 diabetes is a ‘wake-up call’ to the nation Women who lost weight had lower breast cancer risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scottish girl is world's youngest deep brain stimulation patient
Two-year-old has had brain surgery to treat spasms, raising hopes for other childrenA two year-old girl from Glasgow has become the youngest person in the world to undergo brain surgery that doctors say could help limit severe disability among children afflicted by uncontrollable body movements.Viktoria Kaftanikaite was just 32 months old when she had deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat a condition called dystonia, which caused her arms and legs to flail about and her mouth to twitch constantly while she was awake.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 10, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Denis Campbell Health policy editor Tags: Neuroscience Health UK news Glasgow Scotland NHS Children Society Source Type: news

All Scottish mesothelioma patients to get dedicated nurse specialist
All patients in Scotland living with mesothelioma will be provided with a dedicated clinical nurse specialist under new plans to transform care. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 9, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Children who live in poor areas see cigarettes SIX TIMES more than those in rich neighbourhoods
A study of nearly 700 youngsters by the University of Glasgow found those from the most deprived regions of Scotland come across 'tobacco retailers', like newsagents, more often. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New framework for Scottish nurse leaders on integrated care boards
Senior nurses working to integrate health and social care in Scotland will have access to a new set of tools which outline the key skills and knowledge they need to carry out their role. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Generation of women who've had careers and raised families have been abandoned by society in old age
Margaret Laverick, 87, has not left her home in the Scottish Borders for years. She has agoraphobia - which makes her fear and avoid the outside world. It has made her a prisoner in her own home. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opening of new children's hospital delayed to 'protect patients'
The opening of a new children ’s hospital in the Scottish capital has been delayed at the eleventh hour after final inspections found safety flaws. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 5, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Genetics interact with environment to increase BMI across population
Prevention strategies could be especially helpful for people with a genetic predisposition to obesity – but aren’t enough Related items fromOnMedica More global deaths from poor diet than from smoking Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 WHO dietary fat guidance fails to consider crucial evidence Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Solid fuel cooking linked to higher respiratory death rate (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Adults with type 2 diabetes face high risk of dying from cancer
(Wiley) Cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease as the most common cause of death in Scottish adults with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 3, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Data show how risk of stillbirth rises in pregnancies past term
Researchers say findings should help inform pregnant women ’s delivery decisions Related items fromOnMedica Additional routine ultrasounds benefit mothers and babies Step up efforts to curb smoking in pregnancy, government urged Women should leave at least a year between pregnancies Scotland publishes Maternity Care statistics Blood test developed to predict risk of premature birth (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scotland to prioritise Scottish medical students
Scottish universities are to recruit more medical students from Scotland at the expense of those from elsewhere in the UK. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Does Sunshine During Pregnancy Affect Learning?
TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 -- Kids whose moms don't get enough sunshine during pregnancy may be more likely to develop learning difficulties, researchers report. The finding stems from data on more than 422,000 school-aged children in Scotland. Low... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 2, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Jonathan Burton MBE elected as Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board
The executive team of the Scottish Pharmacy Board has today been agreed. Jonathan Burton MBE was elected as Chair of the Board. He takes over from John McAnaw, who has stepped down from the role. Ewa (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - July 2, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Contaminated blood inquiry: Scots victims to give evidence
A UK-wide inquiry is looking at how thousands of patients were infected with HIV and hepatitis C. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Homeless people are 60 times more likely to visit A & E
Rate of use of A&E by homeless people is similar to that for over 60s Related items fromOnMedica UK child health near bottom in Europe We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ Health Outcome Framework may include measure on loneliness Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities Scotland ’s persistent health inequalities ‘unjust but not inevitable’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Effects of the sex ratio and socioeconomic deprivation on male mortality - Moore FR, MacLeod M, Starkey C, Krams I, Roy T.
(a) Objective. We explored relationships between male mortality and the sex ratio. (b) Methods. We tested relationships across 142 societies and in longitudinal data from Scotland. (c) Results. A male-biased sex ratio was associated with reduced mortality ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Forget Brexit, it ’s all about TRexit
As TRUS procedures are being replaced by transperineal biopsies, advance nurse practitioner Jonah Rusere explains why the switch is good news for prostate cancer patients and how urology nurses can make a difference to prostate cancer pathways Related items fromOnMedica Immune system boosters fight prostate cancer Steam treatment for enlarged prostate approved for use on NHS Radiotherapy offers hopes in advanced prostate cancer Prostate cancer in Scotland: an evolutionary journey Revealing a potential new marker for aggressive prostate cancer (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - July 1, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

July 2019 decisions by Scottish Medicines Consortium
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - July 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Biodesix Looks to Become ‘the’ Lung Cancer Detection Co. With New Acquisition
Biodesix isn’t looking to just be another company with lung cancer detection tests. It wants to be the lung cancer detection company. And with its most recent acquisition, the Boulder, CO-just might achieve that goal. “Our focus is becoming ‘the’ lung cancer diagnostic solution company,” Scott Hutton, COO of Biodesix, told MD+DI. “With that we know we need multiple diagnostics tests for different times within a patient’s care continuum. With GeneStrat and VeriStrat being our legacy products â...
Source: MDDI - June 28, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Gap between births and deaths in Scotland continues to widen
Deaths highest recorded since 1999, while births lowest recorded since 2002 Related items fromOnMedica Prioritise and fund prevention to save lives and NHS, warn doctors Commission more teen mental health and alcohol services Coronary heart disease remains UK ’s biggest killer Scotland ’s persistent health inequalities ‘unjust but not inevitable’ More global deaths from poor diet than from smoking (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patrick Staff: The Prince of Homburg review – escape to dreamland
Dundee Contemporary ArtsInspired by a 19th-century play, Staff examines ideas of freedom, dissidence and the queer body through sculpture, installation and filmIf Trump, Brexit and Boris Johnson – to name a few culprits – leave you feeling extremely tired, you’re not alone. London and LA-based artistPatrick Staff’s new exhibition atDundee Contemporary Arts deals with the widespread condition of exhaustion.Staff ’s practice explores ideas of discipline, dissidence, labour and the queer body. This show includes film, sculpture, installation and prints, built around German writer Heinrich von Kle...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 27, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Eliel Jones Tags: Installation Gender Sexuality Exhibitions Art and design Culture Identity politics LGBT rights Psychology Dundee Video art Sculpture Society Scotland Source Type: news

Junior doctors accept contract changes
Junior doctors vote in favour of contract improvements to end long-running dispute Related items fromOnMedica Health secretary ‘committed’ to contract negotiations Practices need to seize the opportunity of consolidating IT systems GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse Ageing medical workforce - a growing trend Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 27, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Baby food needs clearer labelling
Public Health England review of products finds many are loaded with sugar Related items fromOnMedica Poorest Scottish kids do the least exercise Breastfeeding 'protects' against child obesity UK lagging behind peers on child health Parents urged to limit children's snacks to 100 calories CAM can be lethal to children (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 27, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mother's heartbreak after 'miracle' toddler, two, dies in her arms
Mirryn Cunningham, from West Lothian in Scotland, died in a hospice on Sunday after living with Batten disease, which causes severe and ultimately fatal nerve damage in the brain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Time to root out bullying in NHS Scotland
Four in 10 doctors bullied at their work Related items fromOnMedica Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing ‘Prioritise’ junior doctors’ mental health, bosses told Better support and development for SAS doctors GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Doctors believe patient care has worsened (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MMR vaccination rates in slight fall among children in Scotland
Uptake rates from children receiving the vaccine by five years of age have dropped slightly but remains high at 96.6% (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Report reveals successes and challenges of family nurse scheme
Over 7,000 young mothers and their newborns in Scotland have now received support through an innovative programme led by specially trained nurses and midwives, according to a report. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Judge approves a “special prosecutor” in Jussie Smollett hate hoax case; criminal charges against Smollett a possibility
(Natural News) Just when former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, he of the recent famed Chicagoland anti-Trump hate crime hoax, thought he was going to get away Scot-free thanks to a politicized Cook County prosecutor, the fickle finger of fate reached out and touched him. You may recall that, for the better part of February, the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alcohol sales fall in Scotland a year after minimum pricing took effect - Christie B.
Sales of alcohol in Scotland have fallen to their lowest recorded level in the year since the price of cheap drinks was increased to curb the harm caused by alcohol. Although it is too early to draw clear conclusions about the effect of minimum unit ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

UNISON urges an end to the ‘ ongoing crisis in social care ’
UNISON delegates in Liverpool today spoke of the continuing crisis in social care, whose workers are “almost universally underpaid, largely undervalued and often exposed to exploitation”. They vowed to continue the union’s campaign on behalf of the sector, its clients, and the people who work tirelessly to keep it afloat. Although social care has been relatively protected compared to other council services, care spending per adult resident has fallen substantially since 2009-10. The union believes that the sector faces a “perfect storm” in which the impact of years of chronic underfunding has ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 National Delegate Conference homecare workers social care Stand up for social work Source Type: news

Rebuild our communities and end violence
A UNISON member working for United Utilities had his van stolen while he was loading his tools into it, and the perpetrator then tried to run him over with his own van. That was just one example of the violence and aggression UNISON members can experience on a daily basis, Brian Morgan-Strutton told the union’s national delegate conference in Liverpool. The United Utilities delegate was speaking in a series of linked debates on violence and aggression – at work, on the streets and in the wider sense – on Thursday. Marl Turner of Four Seasons Huntercombe branch shared the experience of a young female membe...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2019 National Delegate Conference austerity effect of austerity end austerity knife crime Violence against staff in the NHS violence at work Source Type: news

Scottish government to meet cost of NHS pension changes
GP practices will not be out of pocket, despite fee rise Related items fromOnMedica Conditions in the NHS have worsened, new report shows Scottish government pledges ‘significant investment’ in primary care Ageing medical workforce - a growing trend General practice has ‘serious structural faults’ 10% of patients have no access to GPs out-of-hours (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Obesity during pregnancy increases diabetes risk in children
According to a Scottish study, published inDiabetologia, children of obese mothers are three times more likely to develop diabetes in later life.BBC News (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - June 20, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Doctors welcome drop in Scotland ’s alcohol consumption
Alcohol sales in Scotland at lowest ever recorded levels, following MUP implementation in May 2018 Related items fromOnMedica Criminal sanctions fail to curb illegal drug use Minimum alcohol unit pricing finally goes live in Scotland Alcohol-specific deaths in England soar 11% in a decade NI drug deaths in males double in a decade Marijuana legalisation linked to rise in abuse and car crashes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

WATCH: Teacher kicks student out of class for saying there are only two genders
(Natural News) SCOTLAND, June 19, 2019, LifeSiteNews — A teacher in Scotland kicked a student out of his class after the student insisted that there were only two genders, male and female. Video captured by the student on a smartphone shows the teacher lecturing the student outside the classroom for not being “inclusive.” (Article by Doug Mainwaring republished... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Capsule that takes ultrasound images of the stomach after being swallowed could replace endoscopy
The new device, called Sonopill, is wirelessly guided through the colon using an outer body magnet and artificial intelligence, a team from England, Scotland, the US and Canada found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rising opioid-related deaths in England and Scotland must be recognised as a public health crisis - Kimber J, Hickman M, Strang J, Thomas K, Hutchinson S.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Centrica jobs cuts are a ‘terrible blow’ but there’s a solution
Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that 700 jobs are to go at Centrica, UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said: “This is another terrible blow for a workforce that’s already seen hundreds of jobs go. It’s a catastrophe being repeated up and down the country as all the major energy suppliers axe staff in a desperate attempt to stay afloat. “But it doesn’t have to be this way. If the government took the retail arms of the big six energy firms into public ownership these jobs could be saved. The staff could then help us all go green and ensure the UK meets its target to be car...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Energy Matt Lay national delegate conference Source Type: news

Bridging the gender pay gap
Almost 50 years after the Ford machinists went on strike at Dagenham, the UK still has one of the worst gender pay gaps in Europe. Angie Roberts, of the National Executive Council (NEC) said: “We call on the government and employers to take urgent action. Reporting introduced in 2018 has exposed the true gap in gender pay. The fight for equality is far from over – in fact – the gap is getting wider.” Wendy Trueman, from Salford city branch, said: “It is scandalous that men are still paid more than women.  Whether you’re Billy ending with a ‘y’ or Billie with an ‘ie...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2019 National Delegate Conference Bridge the gap Cymru Wales equal pay gender pay gender pay gap Northern Ireland Scotland Source Type: news

Crisis in social work revealed by new UNISON survey
Social workers say they are no longer able to do their jobs effectively because of years of repeated cuts that have created a crisis in the sector, according to a survey published by UNISON today (Wednesday). The survey found an overwhelming number (95%) felt they could not perform their jobs properly due to the combined effects of reduced services and the social conditions created by austerity. Eight out of ten social workers say they’re forced to work unpaid overtime simply to keep their services going and fewer than one in five (17%) say their workload is manageable. UNISON says the survey of more than 1...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Alison Charlton Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Eating yogurt may help reduce risk of bowel cancer
Men who ate yogurt had lower risk of pre-cancerous bowel growth, particularly of adenomas more likely to become cancerous Related items fromOnMedica Women suffer more chemo side effects than men FOB associated with rise in all-cause mortality Invest in workforce to roll out bowel cancer screening, urges former health secretary Bowel cancer screening tests exceed target set in Scotland Screening for colorectal cancer should start at 45 years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UNISON launches campaign to celebrate local government workers  
A new campaign highlighting the contribution council staff make to public life is being launched at UNISON’s local government conference in Liverpool. A new local services champions day – due to take place on 17 October – will be at the heart of the campaign and will provide a focus for the public to consider how much the actions of council staff touch their lives. A film illustrating local government’s importance to daily life highlights the contribution council workers make – from the registrar recording a birth, through workers supervising school mealtimes, to care&...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Alison Charlton Tags: News Press release dave prentis local government public services Source Type: news

The government needs to ‘sling their hook’
Time and again, in a series of motions at local government conference this week, a common theme emerged: as Wendy Aitchison from Scotland put it, borrowing from that great Liverpudlian thinker, Lily Savage: “the government needs to ‘sling their hook’.” Speaker and speaker told of the impact of a decade of funding cuts to local government. Nicky from the Northern region said that there was a prospect of more than 30% more funding cuts to local government in the air. She cited a foodbank in the North East that feeds 42,000 people a year – a fact reported by the UN, yet denied by the UK governmen...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2019 Local Government Conference austerity foodbanks poverty save our services Source Type: news

Emails of HIV patients revealed in privacy breach
Email addresses of 37 patients were visible in email sent from NHS Highland Related items fromOnMedica Doctors fight confidentiality threat Confidential patient data passed to MORI Disabled people worry about telling employers of their condition Electronic patient record could be serious threat to patient confidentiality Scots GPs debate how to safeguard confidentiality (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

With you from the cradle to the grave
‘From birth, through childhood, adulthood, old age and even death – we are there.’ Photo: Marcus Rose   “We are an essential part of our communities. From birth, through childhood, adulthood, old age and even death – we are there. We are the true local service champions.” That was the rallying cry to UNISON’s local government conference from service group executive speaker Helen Gray as she introduced a debate on the union’s Local Service Champions campaign. “We know this, but do the public?” she asked delegates. Not as much as they should, conference agreed,...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2019 Local Government Conference cuts to local services Local service champions Source Type: news

Nationalise the big six and create a ‘ green army ’ to help the UK hit net zero, says UNISON
Nationalising the retail arms of the big six energy firms would significantly boost the UK’s bid to become carbon neutral by 2050, says UNISON in a report published today (Monday). Power to the People calls on a future government to bring into public ownership the parts of British Gas (Centrica), SSE, E.ON, EDF Energy, Npower (Innogy) and Scottish Power (Iberdrola) that sell consumers energy. This would instantly create a new ‘green army’ of workers dedicated to helping businesses and the public become more energy efficient, cut their bills and save the planet, says the report. Power to the People&nb...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Alison Charlton Tags: News Press release 2019 National Delegate Conference Source Type: news

Delegates debate measures to support our local service champions
A busy afternoon in Liverpool saw local government delegates debate a wide range of motions, after watching a new UNISON film applauding our Local Service Champions. Discussing apprentices doing the same work as other staff, but for lower pay, Mike Daniel for the national young members’ forum described how “someone fresh out of school failed to get an apprenticeship at Devon County Council, but then got a non-apprenticeship job at the full rate”. That person had been himself. Apprenticeships, he said, were often simply “a deliberate way” to pay people less than the going rate for the job. Sara...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 16, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Local Government Conference apprentices apprenticeship charter LGPS Local service champions Source Type: news

UK Ebola patient Pauline Cafferkey gives birth to twins
A Scottish nurse who fought off Ebola has given birth to twins, telling those who have suffered that "there is a future" after the disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Post discharge phone calls and home visits linked to near halving of readmissions
Simple aftercare measures associated with 41% drop in elderly patients needing to go back to hospital within 30 days Related items fromOnMedica Burnt-out GPs to get new occupational health services from next year CQC to focus reviews on delayed transfers of care Overhaul children ’s unscheduled care to protect their health, NHS told Scottish Conservatives back bigger share of NHS budget for GPs Continuity of GP care could prevent emergency hospitalisation (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news