‘Think again’ UNISON tells government on LGPS plans
UNISON has called on the government to rethink its plans to allow universities and colleges in England to opt out of offering membership of the local government pension scheme to new non-teaching staff. Responding to the formal consultation on the plans, the union said that the government’s plans are unlikely to achieve the savings being talked about, and it “strongly believes” the proposals should be subject to a formal equality impact assessment. The consultation response pointed out that the LGPS is an affordable scheme, and the costs of its benefits have recently fallen rather than risen. The answer t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article education services further education higher education LGPS local government local government pension scheme Source Type: news

The LGBT mafia turns schools into cult indoctrination centers; all students who challenge transgenderism will be expelled and blocked from receiving an education
(Natural News) Believing that there are only two genders, male and female, is now a punishable offense in Scotland, where the Cult of LGBT has reportedly seized control over at least one school and turned it into a den of indoctrination and political correctness. A student at Mearns Academy in Aberdeenshire was recently kicked out... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS pension rules get an overhaul
BMA says lobbying has paid off Related items fromOnMedica Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Health Secretary sets out plans for NHS workforce ‘Prioritise’ junior doctors’ mental health, bosses told (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 6, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Edinburgh Children's Hospital will cost a further £90m
The lifetime price tag of the new hospital is set to top £500m after the extra costs were revealed by Audit Scotland. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists develop 'artificial tongue' to detect fake whiskies
The technology can also be used to identify poisons as well as to monitor riversBeing palmed off with a young whisky when expecting an 18-year-old single malt can be a glass-half-empty moment. But now scientists have developed an “artificial tongue” that might make such skulduggery a thing of the past.The team, based in Scotland, say their device can be used to tell apart a host of single malts – a move they say might help in the fight against counterfeit products.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 6, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Alcohol Whisky Science UK news Source Type: news

No change on recommended dietary saturated fat intake
This should remain below 10% of daily energy intake, confirms SACN after reviewing evidence for past 30 years Related items fromOnMedica Doctors welcome drop in Scotland ’s alcohol consumption Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Should we recognise obesity as a disease? Men with highly active jobs tend to die earlier than men with inactive jobs Act urgently on total junk food ad ban, say doctors and public (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 1, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Review of Scottish Breast Screening Programme announced
Expected to take a year, it will look at current pressures, uptake, and future deliver options Related items fromOnMedica Social media could help raise breast screening take-up Breast cancer age profile younger in non-white women Women over 75 should still be invited for mammography Black and young women have double risk of triple-negative breast cancer NHS England strips Capita of cervical screening contract (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 1, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

AI may help detect atrial fibrillation from a normal rhythm ECG
Preliminary data indicate that a 10 second non-invasive test can identify US patients with intermittent abnormal heart rhythm Related items fromOnMedica ‘Silent’ heart attacks may affect one in 16 people Hypertension raises risk of mitral regurgitation Coronary heart disease remains UK ’s biggest killer Heart disease and stroke deaths plummet in Scotland Omega 3 from seafood linked to healthier ageing (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 1, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New GP guidelines help patients and staff get fit
RCGP and Sport England initiative introduces simple changes that can improve wellbeing Related items fromOnMedica Britons must turn to Nordic and Mediterranean diets Very low-calorie diets set to tackle obesity and diabetes What promotes uptake and retention in group-based weight management services? Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Preventing type 2 diabetes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 31, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Come rain or shine, UNISON ’ s on the case
Schools are out and the summer holiday season is in full swing, but your union never rests and July was another busy month. It opened with a living wage win in Cheshire, after the union successfully negotiated a deal with Edsential for school caters and cleaners to be paid at least £9 an hour from the beginning of July. Other school support staff will also will also get a pay rise in the deal. Your new national executive council met at UNISON Centre early in the month to get down to business, with local government funding and Brexit dominating discussions General secretary Dave Prentis noted that the Tory Party lead...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 31, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: News austerity Boris Johnson dave prentis ethical care charter healthcare higher education LGBT members living wage Local service champions NEC NHS NHS subcos Pride Source Type: news

NHS health checks reduce cardiovascular disease risk
People who had a health check were more likely to receive lifestyle advice and be prescribed statins Related items fromOnMedica Should we recognise obesity as a disease? Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised More Scottish GPs needed to fight heart disease Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn Most supplements offer no real benefit, some might increase risks (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Over-75s stopping statins face increased heart attack risk
Stopping statins raises heart attack risk by almost half for over 75s, researchers find Related items fromOnMedica Glucosamine supplements may reduce stroke risk Vitamin D supplements do not confer cardiovascular protection Gestational diabetes raises long-term CVD risk Coronary heart disease remains UK ’s biggest killer Heart disease and stroke deaths plummet in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

England failing to tackle alcohol 'epidemic', say researchers
People with alcohol problems in England are less than half as likely to receive the right help as those in Scotland and Wales, research suggests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

California Festival Shooting Prompts Review of Event Emergency Plans
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Event organizers should review their emergency plans after the deadly shooting at a California food festival to see if they can make additional safety improvements as the peak of summer and fair season brings open-air environments that are notoriously difficult to secure, law enforcement experts said. The weekend shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival left three dead — including two children — and a dozen wounded at the famous three-day event that attracts more than 100,000 people annually to the agricultural community in Northern California . The festival included a perimeter fence, me...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Breast cancer screening review announced as demand grows
The Scottish government says the review will address how the programme meets growing demand. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Grandmother, 63, has two months to live after doctors dismissed her spinal cancer as a slipped disc 
Linda Hind, 63, who lives in the village of Edrom in the Scottish Borders, has been in agony ever since she hurt her back in September last year. She was eventually diagnosed last month. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

15 Wounded, Three Dead, in Shooting at California Festival
GILROY, Calif. (AP) — A gunman cut through a fence to avoid security and opened fire at Northern California's popular Gilroy Garlic Festival, killing three and wounding at least 15 before police fatally shot him as terrified people and performers ran for cover. Photos: Gilroy Festival Shooting Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said the gunman was armed with a rifle and sneaked in through a fence that borders a parking lot next to a creek. He appeared to randomly target people when he opened fire just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the conclusion of the three-day festival that attracts more than 100,000 people to the city kno...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Terrorism & Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incidents AP News Tag Source Type: news

Integrating to improve the health of people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
David Pearson, Independent Chair of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System, talks about the impact working in partnership across health and care is having on the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Related items fromOnMedica ICPs will give local areas power to integrate services Collaborate, keep control and carry on £4.4bn gap in social care funding for England within five years, warns think tank Integrated care in Scotland needs to quicken its pace Only one in five doctors aware of patient online feedback about their care (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - July 28, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

UK wide guidance for asthma pathway
NICE, the British Thoracic Society and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network have announced that future UK-wide guidance for the diagnosis and management of chronic asthma in adults, young people and children will be produced jointly by the three organisations. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Childhood adversity and psychosis in detained inpatients from medium to high secured units: results from the Scottish census survey - Karatzias T, Shevlin M, Pitcairn J, Thomson L, Mahoney A, Hyland P.
BACKGROUND: There is limited data available regarding the most common forms of psychiatric illness, the occurrence of childhood adversity, and the link between childhood adversity and criminal and psychiatric outcomes amongst forensic inpatients. AIMS: Usi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Little public support for criminalising abortion without doctor permission
Poll shows that two thirds of respondents don ’t think a woman should face prison, says leading charity Related items fromOnMedica Women in Scotland get home abortion pill Cancer Drugs Fund ‘wasteful and harmful’ Include pregnant women in studies, urge researchers New cancer drug ‘refused’ by NICE NHS cancer patients still denied treatments available in other countries (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 23, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trial of HIV prevention implant hailed as boost in fight against disease
Device tested in humans for first time, raising prospect of ‘fit and forget’ treatmentAn implant containing an HIV-prevention drug has been trialled in humans, in a step experts have hailed as an exciting development in curtailing infections.Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, with antiretroviral drugs has become a hot topic in recent years, with the drugs shown tosubstantially reduce the riskof contracting HIV from an HIV-positive partner. PrEP pills arealready available through the NHS in Scotland to high-risk individuals, while trialsare under way in England.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 23, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Medical research Aids and HIV Society Science Health World news Source Type: news

Rural Scottish island recruiting nurse for the first time in 10 years
A remote island in Scotland is recruiting a community nurse to provide care for its 170-wide population, following a decade-long stretch without resident medical cover. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Mother-of-three, 61, says condition causing uncontrollable orgasms has 'wrecked her life'
Maria (pictured), from East Dunbartonshire in Scotland, said her condition began in 2017 and she is plagued by constant physical - but not mental - arousal which ruins her daily life. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNISON takes a step forward at Cornerstone
UNISON has taken an important step forward in the fight to regain recognition at Scottish care charity Cornerstone, with the Central Arbitration Committee agreeing that the union’s bid for statutory recognition can go ahead. The charity employs care workers to provide support and care to “adults, children and young people with disabilities and other support needs” across Scotland. UNISON has organised and represented staff at the charity for the past 24 years, up until November last year, when Cornerstone derecognised the union and ripped up its long-standing collective bargaining agreement following a di...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 23, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News care care workers community Scotland social care trade union rights union recognition Source Type: news

New prevention drive on ill health
Vaccination, smoking targets and obesity steps planned Related items fromOnMedica Obesity as cause of cancer set to overtake smoking Weight loss targets exceeded on NHS type 2 diabetes prevention programme Should we recognise obesity as a disease? Public health chiefs set out NHS plan targets Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Why blinkered doctors mean millions of women could be living with undiagnosed heartfailure
Fran Halcrow, from Penicuik, Scotland, suffered from all the tell-tale symptoms of heart failure - her locum GP failed to identify the cause. Here, she tells her story. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Harvard Study: Plant-Based Diet Might Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
(CNN) — Sticking to a plant-based diet could help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, a new paper suggests. That link between plant-based eating habits and type 2 diabetes is even more beneficial when only healthy plant-based foods — such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts — are included in your daily diet, as opposed to refined grains, starches and sugars, according to the study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday. “We found that eating plant-based diets was associated with, on average, 23% reduction in diabetes risk,” said Dr. Qi Sun, an associate pr...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health CNN Harvard University Type 2 Diabetes Source Type: news

Indoor Smoking Ban Tied to Heart Attack Decline in Older Adults Indoor Smoking Ban Tied to Heart Attack Decline in Older Adults
Heart attack rates dropped among older adults in Scotland in the decade after a nationwide indoor smoking ban took effect, a new study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

'Standardised' dermatology nurse education for Scotland and Ireland
Education for nurses working in secondary care dermatology services across Scotland, Northern Ireland and bordering areas of the Republic of Ireland is being standardised as part of a major European Union funded project. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 22, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

No new pay rise for English school support staff
School staff in England won’t be getting an unexpected pay bonus after the school holidays, despite what some media reports suggested over the weekend. These followed an announcement by Chancellor Philip Hammond of pay rises over 2% for “key” public sector workers. But all is not what it seems. For a start, the education pay rise of 2.75% only applies to teachers and heads in England – not to other staff. And the government is only funding 0.75% of the pay rise. The other 2% has to be found from within schools’ existing budgets. Mr Hammond’s announcement came just days after MPs war...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News education services NHS pay police pay schools Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Death Rate Still Rising in Great Britain
Despite banning all forms and uses of asbestos 20 years ago, Great Britain still has one of the world’s highest rates of mesothelioma cancer, according to the government’s Health and Safety Executive report. The July 2019 report revealed the number of annual deaths from mesothelioma in the country still is peaking and expected to begin a gradual decline in 2020. The report included 2,523 deaths in 2017 (the last year available) from mesothelioma, the rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It estimates as many as 2,637 others could die in 2019. Great Britain, which comprises the nations of E...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 22, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Practice nursing transformation scheme builds momentum
A second cohort of newly qualified nurses is being recruited onto a general practice training scheme in Scotland, as  part of a government programme to make the field more attractive to young graduates.  (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Indoor smoking ban tied to heart attack decline in older adults
(Reuters Health) - Heart attack rates dropped among older adults in Scotland in the decade after a nationwide indoor smoking ban took effect, a new study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

MPs call for multi-billion pound education cash boost
UNISON has welcomed MPs’ call for a “multi-billion pound cash injection” into education in England as highlighting “the true scale of the funding cuts to schools and colleges”. The call for the investment, together with a proper, long-term funding strategy, comes in a House of Commons education select committee report on education funding in England. Education in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is a devolved matter. UNISON and other education unions, as well as headteachers, have been warning about the effect of budget cuts by the Westminster government. The investigation by the Commons c...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News austerity colleges cuts education services FE colleges school funding schools sixth form colleges speak up for schools Source Type: news

Woman, 23, who mistook her vitiligo for TAN LINES as a child gets a tattoo explaining her condition
Dionne Lees, 23, of Livingstone, Scotland, was diagnosed with the condition at 12. She had years of people treating her like a 'monster', with some asking if she had been burnt. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cameroon: African Synergy - Chantal Biya's Humanitarian Initiative Lauded
[Cameroon Tribune] The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland on December 20, 2017 visited the African Synergy Against AIDS and Suffering the Chantal Biya International Reference Centre. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

GMC to regulate physicians and anaesthesia associates
GMC ‘wrong organisation for the role,’ says BMA Related items fromOnMedica Healthcare should be made a ‘safety critical industry’ Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing Good nurse leadership linked to safer outcomes Patient care at risk due to understaffing Doctors believe patient care has worsened (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Food industry pact on salt reduction - a failure, study shows
Pact may be responsible for extra cases of heart disease Related items fromOnMedica Coalition government derailed measures to cut salt in food Heart disease and stroke deaths plummet in Scotland Coronary heart disease remains UK ’s biggest killer Taxing unhealthy products may help tackle chronic diseases Obesity associated with worse mortality and higher CVD risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2018
This report states that last year, Scotland saw a total of 1187 drug related deaths, the highest rate ever recorded and more than double the 574 deaths in 2008. It is the highest rate in Europe, and for the first time more Scots died from drug related causes than from alcohol. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2018 - Ferrier A, National Records of Scotland.
This publication reports on the number of drug-related deaths, broken down by cause of death, selected drugs reported, age and sex. It includes tables for NHS Board and Local Authority (Council) areas. Scotland saw more drug-related deaths than any othe... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Should we recognise obesity as a disease?
Would medicalisation encourage people to come forward for effective treatment, or reduce motivation? Related items fromOnMedica Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised WHO dietary fat guidance fails to consider crucial evidence Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

What can be done about Scotland's drugs crisis?
Experts back five ways of trying to halt Scotland's rising toll of drug-related deaths. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brief nurse-led educational support plus alginates can wean patients off PPIs
And avoid potential long-term health risks and mounting prescription costs, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica Doctors welcome drop in Scotland ’s alcohol consumption Not so ‘smart’ drugs MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women Marijuana legalisation linked to rise in abuse and car crashes TB could be cured by four months ’ treatment in many patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 16, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Drug-related deaths in Scotland soar by 27%
Highest number ever recorded and more than double the figure in 2008 Related items fromOnMedica Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 Doctors welcome drop in Scotland ’s alcohol consumption Pledge to cut 1000 alcohol deaths NI drug deaths in males double in a decade We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 16, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scotland has highest drug-related death rate in EU
Scotland had the highest drug-related death rate in the European Union in 2018, with the likes of heroin, methadone and cocaine killing at almost three times the rate of the United Kingdom as a whole. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Drug-related deaths in Scotland rise 27%
Rate is three times that of UK as a whole and higher than any other EU country (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - July 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Scotland has highest drug death rate in EU
The number of drug-related deaths in the country soared last year, with the rate now three times that of the UK as a whole. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland's drug deaths set to top 1,000
New figures are expected to show a record number of people died as a result of drugs last year. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Homeless people report being unable to register with primary care
Some patients commit crimes to be sent to prison to access specialist dependency services Related items fromOnMedica Scotland ’s persistent health inequalities ‘unjust but not inevitable’ UK child health near bottom in Europe Homeless people are 60 times more likely to visit A&E Prioritise and fund prevention to save lives and NHS, warn doctors We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 15, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news