Why losing a loved one really CAN break your heart: Stress triggers a 'storm' of the immune system
Research in Scotland found an inflammatory response in MRI scans of patients with 'broken heart syndrome'. The heart muscles temporarily shut down, but it wasn't understood why. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact of the SIGN head injury guidelines and NHS 4-hour emergency target on hospital admissions for head injury in Scotland: an interrupted times series - Marincowitz C, Lecky FE, Morris E, Allgar V, Sheldon TA.
OBJECTIVES: Head injury is a common reason for emergency department (ED) attendance. Around 1% of patients have life-threatening injuries, while 80% of patients are discharged. National guidelines (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)) were i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Girl with cystic fibrosis is at the top of the national 'super urgent' list for a lung transplant
Ruby Walker, from Angus, Scotland, is at the top of the national 'super urgent' list. Her family worry 'the window of time for her transplant is closing' as she has waited for more than two years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government lops £85 million off public health grant for next year
Unnecessary, undesirable and unacceptable ’ say public health directors Related items fromOnMedica ‘Prevention better than cure’ vision to add five healthy years to lifespan by 2035 Public health chiefs set out NHS plan targets Funding cuts leave contraceptive services in jeopardy Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities Get much tougher on salt and sugar in foods, CMO urges government (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Urging councillors to help end violence at work
The UK’s largest union is asking that councils refuse to grant service and partnership contracts to organisations that won’t sign up to the 10 point plan to protect members at work. The campaign, which already has 35 charities and housing associations signed up, is gaining momentum and UNISON hopes that a new focus on council commissioning will encourage more community employers to take violence against their staff more seriously. The Charter is a list of 10 basic actions that third sector employers can take immediately to improve safety at work, including appropriate training, support for the victims of violen...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 19, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article community and voluntary sector end violence at work charter local government Source Type: news

Councillors urged to help end violence at work
The UK’s largest union is asking that councils refuse to grant service and partnership contracts to organisations that won’t sign up to the 10 point plan to protect members at work. The campaign, which already has 35 charities and housing associations signed up, is gaining momentum and UNISON hopes that a new focus on council commissioning will encourage more community employers to take violence against their staff more seriously. The Charter is a list of 10 basic actions that third sector employers can take immediately to improve safety at work, including appropriate training, support for the victims of violen...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article community and voluntary sector end violence at work charter local government Source Type: news

Teenager, 19, reveals doctors thought her rare vomiting condition was an eating disorder
Caitlin White, 19, Scotland, was believed to be refusing food whilst in the clinic in 2014. Her body rejected food tubes, leaving her with sepsis and her hair falling out. She is now at risk of organ failure. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish care home sector experiencing nursing workforce ‘crisis’
There is an ongoing recruitment and retention “crisis” among the nursing workforce in the independent social care sector in Scotland, a report has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Removing unhealthy snacks from checkouts linked to fall in purchases
Policies removing sweets and crisps from checkouts could lead to fewer unhealthy eat 'on the go' purchases Related items fromOnMedica Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Very low-calorie diets set to tackle obesity and diabetes Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Public health chiefs set out NHS plan targets Tackling obesity ‘must be made a national priority’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hip replacements in a DAY: Scottish health board becomes the first to offer the procedure
David McCallion (pictured), from Kirkcaldy near Edinburgh, was one of the first patients to have the trial operation on his right hip, and he was in and out of hospital in less than 12 hours. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS Fife offers patients hip replacement day surgery
NHS Fife is the first health board in Scotland to perform hip replacements as day surgery for suitable patients. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kaiser Receives 2018 International Medal from the Society of Endocrinology
Ursula Kaiser, MD, chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension, was honored with the 2018 International Medal from the Society for Endocrinology at the society ’s British Endocrine Society conference in Glasgow, Scotland. (Source: BWH News)
Source: BWH News - December 14, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Organ donors to be asked if they are religious
Changes to donor forms hope to boost applications from black and Asian people Related items fromOnMedica Nine-year wait transplant patient makes donor plea England considering opt-out system for organ donation Opt-out organ donation well-meant but ‘misguided’ Wales votes for opt-out on organ donation Scotland launches organ donor consultation (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Temporary clinical waste measures put in place
Temporary storage is being put in place at sites across Scotland to prevent a potential backlog. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women in Camden have the longest lives of anyone in the UK
A report released today by the Office for National Statistics has revealed people in the UK live 81.5 years, on average, and their lives become shorter the further north they live, being worst in Scotland. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Significant ’ health outcome gap persists in Scotland, latest data show
Some inequalities have narrowed over the long-term, but overall picture is of little or no change Related items fromOnMedica Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 GPs and pharmacists have cut quit-smoking prescriptions by 75% UK women ’s health lags behind much of Europe Asthma outcomes in England still vary hugely by region and wealth Prioritise and fund prevention to save lives and NHS, warn doctors (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

21.5-year ‘good health’ gap for women across UK
Latest figures show wide differences in healthy life expectancy by local authority Related items fromOnMedica Four factors to deal with the problem of long-term health conditions Life expectancy gap continues to widen Social prescribing can free up GPs ’ time and save resources Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 GPs urged to prescribe ‘social activities’ to combat loneliness (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Crosswords And Puzzles Do Not Prevent Mental Decline, Study Says
(CNN) — Tackling a tricky crossword or a challenging Sudoku puzzle will not fend off age-related mental decline, new research has shown. Scientists have, in recent years, argued that brain-training exercises, such as completing puzzles or learning another language, can reduce the risk of developing dementia. But that may not be the case after all, according to a team of Scottish researchers whose research was published in the BMJ. The study’s authors argue that such pursuits will not necessarily act as a preventative, but they could still provide a “higher cognitive point” from which to decline. The...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News aging Crossword Puzzle Local TV Source Type: news

That was the year that was
January saw the union launch a campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon – in other words, to pull their hard-earned money out of environment-unfriendly businesses. Some £16bn of local government pension funds is invested in fossil fuels and, with five million members in those schemes, the campaign can make an impact. Later that month, the higher education service group conference met in Chester. “We have to stand up for our members’ rights,” delegates agreed – particularly in the face of Brexit. Just over 10% of all university workers come from elsewher...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 11, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article campaigning care workers equal pay equality health care Industrial action local government organising recruiting recruiting and organising success Source Type: news

That was the year that was – the year in UNISON
January saw the union launch a campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon – in other words, to pull their hard-earned money out of environment-unfriendly businesses. Some £16bn of local government pension funds is invested in fossil fuels and, with five million members in those schemes, the campaign can make an impact. Later that month, the higher education service group conference met in Chester. “We have to stand up for our members’ rights,” delegates agreed – particularly in the face of Brexit. Just over 10% of all university workers come from elsewher...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article campaigning care workers equal pay equality health care Industrial action local government organising recruiting recruiting and organising success Source Type: news

Asbestos is in nine out of ten NHS hospitals
Sexual health consultant Mags Portman, 44, (pictured) was diagnosed with mesothelioma after working at  Law Hospital in south Lanarkshire, Scotland for more than 20 years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GPs say 10-minute consultation 'no longer fit for purpose'
RCGP calls for longer consultations and more cash to ease appointment delays Related items fromOnMedica GPs urged to prescribe ‘social activities’ to combat loneliness Patients go to A&E as unable to access alternatives GPs must have longer patient consultations, says BMA Digital proposals set out for the NHS NHS Scotland pressures ‘need urgent action now’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

England ’s school staff asked to vote on effect of cuts
School support staff in England will be asked whether they are prepared to take industrial action over the way central government cuts are affecting their jobs and employment. UNISON will hold an on-line indicative ballot in January, asking school workers across England about the issue. Education is a devolved issue in Cymru/Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. “The ballot gives us an opportunity to get into schools and raise funding concerns with members,” says national secretary Jon Richards. “The employment issues they face are linked to cuts in funding and that is why we are conducting the ballot.&rd...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News cuts education cuts education services England Industrial action local government school cuts schools Source Type: news

EU doctors working in UK get assurance
No-deal Brexit paper is common sense, says BMA Related items fromOnMedica Joined-up approach needed to recruit overseas doctors Health secretary ‘committed’ to contract negotiations So long and thanks for all the fish … Brexit creates uncertainty for EU care workers in Scotland NHS staff report stress, violence and dissatisfaction with pay (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The neighbourhood social environment and alcohol use among urban and rural Scottish adolescents - Martin G, Inchley J, Marshall A, Shortt N, Currie C.
OBJECTIVES: This research examined the relationship between neighbourhood social environmental characteristics and drinking outcomes among a sample of urban and rural adolescents. METHODS: From a sample of 1558 Scottish secondary schoolchildren, su... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Drive to boost doctors ’ professionalism at work
Support needed to ensure doctors gain more skills Related items fromOnMedica Primary Care Home has positive impact on care and services GPs to consult via social media and take on more roles NHS Scotland pressures ‘need urgent action now’ The incredible invisible bed crisis Treatment of whistleblowers a “stain on NHS”, say MPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

One in 20 nursing and midwifery posts in Scotland vacant
Shortages of nursing staff continue to be a problem across Scotland, show the latest workforce figures published ahead of a key debate on new safe staffing law. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 5, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Evidence suggests following the Mediterranean diet can lower stroke risk in women by 22%
(Natural News) Following a proper diet has many health benefits, such as preventing various diseases and improving your overall well-being. According to a study by researchers from Scotland, following a certain kind of diet can also help reduce your risk of having a stroke. Dietary habits and stroke risk Data from the study, which was... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breast milk donors help premature babies
BBC Scotland meets the donors, the drivers and the babies benefitting at Scotland's only breast milk bank. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK-wide workforce planning needed to avert NHS staffing crisis
Current workforce crisis could be compounded by Brexit, GMC warns Related items fromOnMedica This is good news for patients and GPs Joined-up approach needed to recruit overseas doctors BMA welcomes review of visa system Futureproofing our NHS: Innovations and their benefits Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lack of nurses linked to increased risk of patient death
Too few fully trained nurses on wards increases risk of patient death by 3% per day Related items fromOnMedica Over a third of nursing posts earmarked for cuts Emergency care in Northern Ireland unsustainable, warn emergency doctors GMC warns of 'state of unease' amongst doctors Step up pace of change now, auditor general urges NHS Scotland Primary Care Home has positive impact on care and services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scots top UK drink death rates but numbers are falling
But Scotland still has more deaths per head of population than any other nation, a report reveals. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boost for Scottish health visitors as job bumped to band 7
The “crucial role” of health visitors in Scotland has been recognised with an 18% increase to their starting salary. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 4, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Bronze Age woman in Scotland was an early immigrant, DNA analysis reveals
Archeologists examining the remains of a woman who died more than 4,250 years ago have discovered surprising new information, thanks to DNA analysis. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nearly one in three GPs set to leave profession within five years, survey shows
Bolster efforts to retain existing workforce, urges Royal College of GPs Related items fromOnMedica Daily Mail highlights desperate GP shortage Make GP a more attractive career, agree MPs Threefold higher rise in GP consults than in doctor headcount over past five years NHS Scotland pressures ‘need urgent action now’ The incredible invisible bed crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scottish nurse who climbed to the top retires after 40 years
A trust chief executive in Scotland who started her career in nursing and worked her way to the top is retiring after more than 40 years in the NHS. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 2, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Medicines recently accepted for use in NHS Scotland
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - December 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Hope for male 'pill' breakthrough after huge cash injection
Dundee University researchers receive $1m funding boost from Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationResearchers at a Scottish university hope to make a breakthrough in the long hunt for a male pill, thanks to a grant of more than $900,000 that will allow them to screen thousands of existing drugs to see if they have potential.Related:Male pill could be on horizon as trials yield positive resultsContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 30, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley and Hannah Devlin Tags: Medical research Scotland Contraception and family planning Health Dundee Society Science Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates Technology World news University of Dundee Education Higher education UK news Source Type: news

Search for male contraceptive pill gets $1m cash injection
Dundee University researchers receive funding boost from Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationResearchers at a Scottish university hope to make a breakthrough in the long hunt for a male pill, thanks to a grant of more than $900,000 that will allow them to screen thousands of existing drugs to see if they have potential.Related:Male pill could be on horizon as trials yield positive resultsContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 30, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley and Hannah Devlin Tags: Medical research Scotland Contraception and family planning Health Dundee Society Science Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates Technology World news University of Dundee Education Higher education UK news Source Type: news

Remember, remember, glorious Grovember
After the union was officially recognised as the UK’s biggest (have we mentioned that already?), November – or Grovember, as we renamed it – saw everyone at UNISON energised around boosting membership to make us “stronger together”. Activists everywhere hit the floor running, signing up new members around the regions. Stalls were staged, floors walked and dogs nominated as Grovember mascots – well, one called Oscar (pictured above) was – and all in all, it was a rip-roaring success. LGBT conference met in Harrogate, where delegates unanimously backed a call to change the group name...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 30, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2018 LGBT Conference grovember Our Health Heroes Awards show racism the red card stars in our schools Source Type: news

Very low-calorie diets set to tackle obesity and diabetes
After successful pilot, approach to be scaled up from next year Related items fromOnMedica Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Sweetened drinks greater risk for poor glycaemic control Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn Scotland reveals plans to cut impact of type 2 diabetes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 30, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nurse becomes first Scot to hold two prestigious titles
A senior staff nurse who works for a children ’s hospice charity has been awarded Queen’s nurse title for her “compassionate” care to children and young people with life-shortening conditions. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 29, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Dementia Often Misclassified With Brief Cognitive Assessments
THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 -- When using brief cognitive assessments, dementia is often misclassified, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in Neurology Clinical Practice. Janice M. Ranson, from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 29, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Dundee street valium crisis: The highest rate of drug deaths in Europe
As Scotland launches its first drugs strategy for a decade, we speak to friends and family of "street valium" victims. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Concerns over training burden under Scotland safe staffing bill
Questions have been raised over where busy healthcare staff in Scotland will find the time to complete training in how to use new workload planning tools, if proposed legislation is introduced.   (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 28, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Scottish One Health Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance in 2017
Source: NHS National Services Scotland. Published: 11/13/2018. This 55-page report describes a range of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU) data in human and animal infections, and tracks the changes in AMU in humans in Scotland, including total prescribing, prescribing in primary care, and prescribing in acute hospitals. It also reports on the levels of resistance in a broad range of human infections. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

2018 Colloquium Gala Dinner Raises £9,880 for Social Bite, a charity dedicated to tackling homelessness in Scotland
TheColloquium is Cochrane's annual flagship event, bringing people together from around the world to discuss research into important global health questions and to promote evidence-informed health care. This year, the Colloquium took place in Edinburgh, UK, in September and was hosted by Cochrane UK. Almost 1300 people from 57 countries attended. The theme was ‘Cochrane for all - better evidence for better health decisions.’  It was aPatients Included event, co-designed, co-produced and co-presented by healthcare consumers.This year ’s Colloquium gala dinner was held at theNational Museum of Scotland...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Mother, 51, suffered severe headaches after developing a milk intolerance from the MENOPAUSE
EXCLUSIVE: Maggie Holloway, 51, of Ayr in Scotland, endured 'horrendous' headaches for months, which doctors dismissed as an inner ear infection that would pass. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother, 51, suffered severe headaches after developing a lactose intolerance from the MENOPAUSE
EXCLUSIVE: Maggie Holloway, 51, of Ayr in Scotland, endured 'horrendous' headaches for months, which doctors dismissed as an inner ear infection that would pass. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National adult asthma audit programme
The national adult asthma audit launched on the 1 November 2018 across England, Scotland and Wales. To date, 156 hospitals have registered to participate. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news