New chief medical officer starts role today
Professor Chris Whitty takes the helm Related items fromOnMedica So long and thanks for all the fish … Scotland moves to soft opt out for organ donation Remedy quest 'Keep Antibiotics Working' campaign resurfaces Health Foundation sets out reasons for more NHS investment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Red meat risks overstated, claim scientists
Advice based on ‘low-certainty’ evidence Related items fromOnMedica More global deaths from poor diet than from smoking One in four people at risk due to lack of exercise Weight Watchers helped stave off type 2 diabetes Scotland reveals plans to cut impact of type 2 diabetes NHS type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme exceeds expectations (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cystic fibrosis patients breathe easy after Scottish drug deal
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - September 30, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS in Scotland talks to BBC Scotland about medicines shortages
RPS spokesperson and Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board, Jonathan Burton, has been interviewed by BBC Scotland about the effect of a no-deal Brexit on access to medicines. Jonathan outlined the RPS (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 30, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Ruth Davidson health: Scottish politician ‘still frightened’ of past health condition
RUTH DAVIDSON, best known for being Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, has probably been asked if she ’d ever run for leadership a thousand times over. But the politician’s answer will always be no, and the reason being is she values her relationship with mental health too much for it. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Migraine drug described as ‘life changing’ rejected for NHS use
A MIGRAINE drug that some patients have described as “life-changing” has been rejected for use on the NHS outside of Scotland. The drug, erenumab, is one of the first treatments specifically designed to prevent migraine. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Minimum unit pricing in Scotland has worked and slashed the amount of alcohol purchased by almost 8%
Scottish adults bought one unit less of alcohol each week than they did before, research by Newcastle University suggests. Experts said other countries should implement an MUP. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Minimum price 'cuts drinking by half a pint a week'
Research shows the amount of alcohol bought by Scots falls 7.6% after new drink laws are introduced. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Life expectancy stalls in Scotland, new figures show
Data reveals a fall in number of centenarians Related items fromOnMedica National strategy for e-mental health needed, report urges New health intelligence service launched for public health professionals Time to hang up the phone – appointments need to be digitised The doctor is in (the cloud) ‘Fit note’ to replace sick notes system (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pharmacist access to records is the key to even better patient care
Ahead of World Pharmacist Day (Wednesday 25 September 2019), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to give all pharmacists read and write access to patient (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

In pictures: UNISON backing the school climate strike
On Friday 20 September, thousands of children and adults walked out of their schools and workplaces across the UK to join the global climate strike. UNISON regional offices and branches across the country helped mobilise members and co-ordinate local demonstrations – here’s a flavour of the day’s activities. UNISON Scottish joint council reps took time out of their meetings to show solidarity with all the school climate strikers. UNISON Scotland members joined the northern-most climate strike in Shetland, a rural area where the impacts of climate change are felt the most. UNISON Edinburgh joined 15,00...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News Environment green unison Source Type: news

Are Scots becoming more or less healthy?
Seven charts from the latest Scottish Health Survey looking at drinking, smoking and exercise. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Northern Ireland invests £26m in general practice services
GPs say increased investment will enable more practices to begin transforming the way they deliver services Related items fromOnMedica GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse GP numbers have fallen by 1,340 in just two years GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Scottish government pledges ‘significant investment’ in primary care Over half of GPs plan to leave within five years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 23, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased mortality
Link is most pronounced in younger patients and for diabetes-related deaths Related items fromOnMedica Public support for calorie labelling in restaurants Weight Watchers helped stave off type 2 diabetes Scotland reveals plans to cut impact of type 2 diabetes Sweetened drinks greater risk for poor glycaemic control Signs of adult diabetes visible in young children (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Industry has had too much say over junk food ad rules
Doctors warn industry has unduly influenced decisions – and Ofcom shouldn’t lead on issue as it has commercial interests Related items fromOnMedica Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Should we recognise obesity as a disease? Taxing sugary foods would cut prevalence of obesity Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Doctors urge government to act on rising alcohol impact (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Higher daily nut consumption linked to lower weight gain
Less weight gain and lower incidence of obesity among people who ate more nuts of any type, despite their high energy density Related items fromOnMedica Should we recognise obesity as a disease? Sugary drinks linked to risk of overall and breast cancer Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 WHO dietary fat guidance fails to consider crucial evidence Taxing sugary foods would cut prevalence of obesity (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Smoking whilst pregnant damages daughters ’ fertility
According to a new study, mothers who smoke whilst pregnant may damage the fertility of their baby girls due to increased levels of testosterone in the womb.Herald Scotland (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - September 20, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Blog: Climate change is the greatest single threat humanity faces
Our whole world is facing an existential crisis – climate change. Unless action is taken to reduce emissions, drastic and permanent damage will be done to our planet with a disastrous impact on future generations. This is the greatest single threat humanity faces. It’s time to stop talking and take real action. I know that UNISON will continue to be at the forefront of fighting climate change. We were the first union to establish a green task force and we’ve initiated cutting-edge campaigns – as well as sending delegations to the climate change demonstrations in Copenhagen and Paris where government...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 20, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Showcasing pharmacy excellence in Scotland
RPS in Scotland, together with the University of Strathclyde, hosted the 3rd Research and Development event in Glasgow on 18 September. An impressive 70 posters from across all sectors of pharmacy we (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 19, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

'Patient safety must be at heart of Brexit negotiations'
Manifesto launched ahead of Welsh Assembly election Related items fromOnMedica Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse BMA urges Tory leader candidates to reform pensions provision NHS staff report stress, violence and dissatisfaction with pay (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Taskforce meets in Scotland to address drug deaths
Group explored harm reduction interventions Related items fromOnMedica Review launched into prescription drug dependency Prescription drug dependence linked to deprivation Health innovation hampered by drive for profit, report warns Multidisciplinary prescribing can help reduce errors Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mother begs people to donate blood as her two-year-old is only being kept alive by transfusions
Steph Davidson's daughter Adeline relies on blood transfusions while she waits for a bone marrow transplant. Adeline, from Scotland, has low levels of platelets and red and white blood cells. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patient safety warning over nurse shortages
RCN urges public to speak out on issue Related items fromOnMedica Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland Thousands of nurses have quit the NHS, new data shows NHS pension rules get an overhaul GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 16, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Family of girl with cystic fibrosis consider moving to Scotland to get medicines
The family of Ayda Louden, from Carlisle, say moving to Scotland is now a serious consideration after the government there approved the life-extending drug Orkambi for NHS use. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Two thirds of meningitis survivors unhappy with aftercare
Most people don ’t know about potential severe and lifelong health consequences of meningitis Related items fromOnMedica Child mental health funding not reaching CCGs Integrated health and social care workforces is the future Scottish Conservatives back bigger share of NHS budget for GPs Public wants NHS to prioritise 7-day GP access Children of parents with mental illness need support (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 15, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

SSE planned sale shows precarious nature of UK energy market, says UNISON
Commenting today (Friday) on the news that energy company SSE is to sell its retail business to Ovo Energy, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Staff at SSE will understandably be concerned their jobs might go following the move. That’s why we’ll be seeking assurances that not a single post disappears. “The sale is yet another sign that the UK’s energy sector is in a precarious state. The solution is to take the consumer arms of the largest energy firms into public ownership. “This would provide better security for jobs, help deliver the government’s carbon n...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Energy jobs SSE Source Type: news

Vertex to sell cystic fibrosis drugs in Scotland
Amid Vertex ’s continuing drug pricing battle with British regulators, the drugmaker has signed a deal to make two of its cystic fibrosis drugs available in Scotland. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - September 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Author J.K. Rowling Donates $18.8 Million to Research Into the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
(LONDON) — Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has made a substantial donation for research into the treatment of multiple sclerosis at a center named after her late mother. The 15.3 million-pound ($18.8 million) donation announced Thursday will be used for new facilities at a research center based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The author’s mother suffered from the disease and died at the age of 45. The new gift follows a major donation Rowling made in 2010 that started the Anne Rowling clinic at the university. Rowling said she is encouraged by advances being made and proud that the clinic is not on...
Source: TIME: Health - September 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Disease onetime overnight Source Type: news

Incidence of diagnosed type 2 diabetes declining since 2006
'Sensibly optimistic systematic review does not provide definitive evidence that true incidence is falling ’ Related items fromOnMedica Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Obesity as cause of cancer set to overtake smoking Should we recognise obesity as a disease? Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Even athletes can ’t outrun the effects of a bad diet (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Billy Connolly health: ‘My life is slipping away’ comedian on his chronic condition
BILLY CONNOLLY has been making people laugh for decades. His affable persona makes his health condition all the more poignant. In a recent documentary, the Scottish comedian reflected about his progressive condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Life-changing' cystic fibrosis drug deal for Scotland is welcomed
Campaigners are calling for patients in other parts of the UK to be allowed to access the treatment. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature
Avocets, terns and gulls swoop down onto Wallasea Island on England’s eastern coast, searching for food between blades of grass ruffled by the summer sea breeze. Aside from the wind, and the odd chirp or squawk, it’s quiet—the kind of peaceful scene that seems like it’s been going on for centuries. Yet five years ago, these wetlands didn’t exist. The mud the birds have landed on once lay under the streets of central London. In 2015, as part of a railway project, a construction crew scooped more than 3 million metric tons of dirt out from beneath the capital, drove it 50 miles east and piled it...
Source: TIME: Science - September 12, 2019 Category: Science Authors: By Ciara Nugent / Wallasea Island, U.K. Tags: Uncategorized Climate 2019 climate change europe Source Type: news

Nearly two-thirds of Scottish doctors hit with large tax bills
Lead doctors warns of critical need for pension reform Related items fromOnMedica Health secretary ‘committed’ to contract negotiations Ageing medical workforce - a growing trend Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 10, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trusts must tackle staff burnout, says BMJ editor
Call for trusts to appoint wellness officers Related items fromOnMedica Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland NHS pension rules get an overhaul GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Health Secretary sets out plans for NHS workforce (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 10, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

A typology of street robbery and gang organization: insights from qualitative research in Scotland - Harding S, Deuchar R, Densley J, McLean R.
Utilizing interviews with 42 current and ex-street offenders, this study explores the relationship between street gang organization and robbery. Robbery type is affected by level of organization exhibited by the gang. For recreational and territorial young... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Putting the 'street' in gang: place and space in the organization of Scotland's drug-selling gangs - McLean R, Deuchar R, Harding S, Densley J.
Street gangs, by definition, enjoy a special relationship with the street. Prior research shows that some communities are synonymous with gangs and that turf holds a combination of expressive and instrumental value for gang members. As gangs evolve over ti... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The men most at risk from suicide in Scotland
The unemployed and those in traditionally male-dominated jobs face the biggest suicide risk, figures show. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New blood test trialled on 12,000 Scots catches lung cancer early
Thousands of Scots at risk of lung cancer took part in a trial, described as "globally significant". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

High-Sensitivity Troponin Implementation: HiSTORIC in Practice High-Sensitivity Troponin Implementation: HiSTORIC in Practice
Lessons from the High-STEACS trial helped Scottish investigators devise the best strategy for implementing the very high-sensitivity troponin tests for chest pain triage, explains Prof Mills at ESC 2019.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

Assault-related sharp force injury among adults in Scotland 2001-2013: incidence, socio-demographic determinants and relationship to violence reduction measures - Goodall CA, MacFie F, Conway DI, McMahon AD.
This study aimed to determine the incidence of these injuries over time and to explore their key socio-demographic determinants. Methods ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Nursing vacancies in Scotland reach record level
Latest figures from NHS Scotland show that the shortfall now tops 4000 Related items fromOnMedica How the new nursing associate role will break new ground RCGP calls for longer patient consultations Staffing has improved since Francis, claims Hunt Rethink study funds for nurses to bolster headcount, government urged NHS Learning Disability nurse numbers plummet (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Toughen up ban of ‘glamour’ knife sales, urges violence reduction tzar
Despite recent legislation, zombie knives, with cutting blades of up to 25 inches, are still available Related items fromOnMedica RCGP sets out priorities for general practice for new prime minister Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities Extra annual £3.2bn needed to reverse impact of cuts to public health grant Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 Workforce shortages and Brexit threaten long-term NHS Plan goals (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Boost strength and balance, says new exercise guidance
UK chief medical officers issue new physical activity guidelines across the life course Related items fromOnMedica Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Under-fives must play more and spend less time sitting with screens GPs failing to follow women at risk after gestational diabetes Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Flu jabs to be offered to all children (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Responding to the health needs of trafficked people: a qualitative study of professionals in England and Scotland - Williamson V, Borschmann R, Zimmerman C, Howard LM, Stanley N, Oram S.
Trafficked people require timely and ongoing access to healthcare services. Yet, many encounter difficulties accessing and utilising healthcare services, both while in situations of exploitation and after their escape. This research investigated barriers t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news