World's beaches disappearing due to climate crisis – study
UK on course to lose a quarter of its sandy coast because of human-driven erosionAlmost half of the world ’s sandy beaches will have retreated significantly by the end of the century as a result of climate-driven coastal flooding and human interference, according to new research.The sand erosion will endanger wildlife and could inflict a heavy toll on coastal settlements that will no longer have buffer zones to protect them from rising sea levelsand storm surges. In addition, measures by governments to mitigate against the damage are predicted to become increasingly expensive and in some cases unsustainable.Continue ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Stefano Valentino Tags: Coastlines Environment Climate change UK news World news Scotland Science Source Type: news

02.03.20: Roadshow Edinburgh, Scotland
Roadshow Edinburgh, ScotlandLink to website (Source: Bayer IR Newsfeed: Events)
Source: Bayer IR Newsfeed: Events - March 2, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Scotland to launch review of eating disorder services
Eating disorders ‘deadliest’ mental health condition Related items fromOnMedica Experts urge radical action on mental health crises GPs need more time to treat complex needs Reality of mental health care provision ‘should match rhetoric’ Too many CCGs ’ residential mental health placements are out-of-area Mind reveals huge variation in STPs ’ mental health spend (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Wales calls time on low cost alcohol
New law comes into force today Related items fromOnMedica Public Health England accused of links with drinks industry Minimum alcohol unit pricing finally goes live in Scotland Wales on brink of minimum unit pricing for alcohol Alcohol-specific deaths in England soar 11% in a decade Hospitals to target smokers and heavy drinkers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK draws up ‘battle plan’ to beat coronavirus
PM says country is well prepared as Scottish patient pushes cases to 36  (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - March 1, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nurse recruitment should be top health priority for Scottish government
Three quarters of respondents to RCN public poll think there are too few nurses for safe care in Scotland Related items fromOnMedica Home Office woes NHS hugely dependent on workers from overseas Nurses undervalued due to gender, study finds NHS chiefs urge new government to fix staffing crisis NHS chiefs urge new government to fix staffing crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Police involvement, characteristics and outcomes of place of safety referrals in the Scottish Highlands - Simpson S, Eze J.
AIMS AND METHOD: To characterise police involvement with those detained under place of safety legislation and determine factors associated with admission to hospital. Place of safety referrals over a 1-year period were identified retrospectively and evalua... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Period products in Scotland could become free
Scotland is the first nation in the world to do so, and the U.S. could be next. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Podcast: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for stroke recovery
Stroke is a major cause of death and disability across the world, with many reviews from the Cochrane Stroke Group providing evidence on the effects of treatments and rehabilitation interventions. In November 2019, the Group published their update of their review of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and we asked lead author, Gillian Mead from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, to tell us more.Stroke is a common cause of disability in the community. Although there have been major advances in the care of stroke patients over the last few years, many survivors are still left with physical disability, such as weakn...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - February 26, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Cost-effectiveness of child caries management: a randomised controlled trial (FiCTION trial)
ConclusionsThe mean cost of a child avoiding any dental pain and/or infection (incidence) was £330 and the mean cost per episode of dental pain and/or infection avoided was £130. At these thresholds B + P has the highest probability of being considered cost-effective. Over the willingness to pay thresholds considered, the probability of B + P being considered cost-effective nev er exceeded 75%. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 25, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Scottish parliament approves free sanitary products for all women
The Scottish parliament approved plans on Tuesday to make sanitary products freely available to all women, the first nation in the world to do so. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Different types of stroke linked to different foods
Fibre linked to lower ischaemic stroke risk Related items fromOnMedica Obesity associated with worse mortality and higher CVD risk Heart disease and stroke deaths plummet in Scotland Vegetarians and pescatarians have lower risk of CHD Glucosamine supplements may reduce stroke risk Young adults with hypertension or hypercholesterolaemia have greater risk of heart disease in later life (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 24, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Heading to be banned in children ’s football
Scottish FA updates its guidelines Related items fromOnMedica NICE issues guidelines on neurological conditions Intracranial neoplasms in children MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women Earlier transplants for liver disease kids may cut brain damage risk Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 24, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

A union that keeps making LGBT+ history
February is LGBT History Month, so what better time to take a few minutes to consider how UNISON has been making history in the fight for LGBT+ equality – and to have a chat with someone who’s been deeply involved in that struggle. But first, let’s check out the history. Decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales finally occurred in 1967 – lesbianism had never been illegal. In 1976 NALGO, one of UNISON’s founding unions, was urging negotiators to seek to add sexual orientation to non-discrimination clauses in all collective agreements. In 1981, NUPE member Susan Shell was sacked f...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News LGBT LGBT members Source Type: news

Surgeon who harmed Scots is now working in Libya
A top surgeon who harmed patients for years and can no longer work in the UK is operating again. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Should we edit our DNA? An imagined future of gene editing – video
There are decisions being made right now that could have an effect on global populations for generations to come. As part of this project, we commissioned an artist to investigate some of the themes raised in the podcasts. This work of fiction imagines a future where gene editing has become mainstream and discusses the moral, ethical and political divides that this might createContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Marc Silver, Ella Saltmarsh, Patrick O'Mahony, Emiliano Battista Shanida Scotland, Charlie Phillips and Lindsay Poulton Tags: Gene editing Science Source Type: news

New points-based immigration system sparks alarm in social care sector
Staff shortages set to worsen further, healthcare leaders have warned Related items fromOnMedica Futureproofing our NHS: Innovations and their benefits New Year NHS resolutions GP contract for England brings overall 3.4% increase Scottish government pledges more cash for health and social care in budget Brexit could leave health and social care 51,000 nurses short (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Episode 3: can we trust science to police itself? – podcast
In our third and final episode, we talk about trust in science. In particular, how historical cases of abuse led many in our groups to questiongene editing, science and medicine. If we focus on the past, will we ever move forward?Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Steve Scott and produced by Max Sanderson with Pascal Wyse, Shanida Scotland, Katherine Godfrey, Emilie Glaser, Alok Jha, Charlie Phillips and Lindsay Poulton Tags: Gene editing Science Biology Genetics Health Sickle cell disease Society Source Type: news

Many people in Scotland now benefit from anticipatory care before they die: an after death analysis and interviews with general practitioners
Key Information Summaries (KIS) were introduced throughout Scotland in 2013 so that anticipatory care plans written by general practitioners (GPs) could be routinely shared electronically and updated in real time, between GPs and providers of unscheduled and secondary care. We aimed to describe the current reach of anticipatory and palliative care, and to explore GPs'views on using KIS. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Natalie J. Robb health: ‘That scared me’ Actress's decision to give up the booze
NATALIE J ROBB is the Scottish born actress who has become a popular figure on television, playing the character of Moira Barton in the ITV soap Emmerdale. Natalie revealed an extreme decision she made in the beginning of the year to improve her health. What is it? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Analysis of age-sex and deprivation stratified trends in assault deaths in Scotland (1974-2015) to identify age, period or cohort effects - Parkinson J, Minton J, McCartney G.
OBJECTIVES: Mortality rates in Scotland are higher, and health inequalities are greater, than in the rest of Western and Central Europe. There was a marked divergence during the 1980s and 1990s in the Scottish rates partly due to rises in alcohol-related a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

UNISON will stand up to ‘laddism and misogyny’ typified by Trump and Johnson
Speaking at UNISON’s national women’s conference in Bournemouth, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today (Friday) said: “This year’s conference is the biggest in a quarter of a century. More than a thousand women from all walks of life and every corner of the country are here to defy those who said, ‘unions are for only for men’. “Today UNISON has a million women shaping our agenda and driving us forward. “It’s mostly women pushing back against the backdoor privatisation of the NHS. It’s mostly women in Northern Ireland who took seven long weeks of action to d...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article News angela rayner Boris Johnson dave prentis Donald Trump national women's conference Source Type: news

Hancock reappointed as health and social care secretary in cabinet reshuffle
No excuse now to further delay tackling social care reform, say healthcare leaders Related items fromOnMedica Government publishes vision for future of general practice GP leader warns against 'political meddling' Scotland fights to prevent privatisation of general practice Watchdogs say health reforms are slow 'Government targets intefere with war on superbugs' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Women members set to sort it out
UNISON’s women’s conference meets in Bournemouth tomorrow, where a packed agenda awaits. With the UK having just started its first full year under a Boris Johnson government, one of the dominant themes at conference will be continuing austerity – because, aside from the announcement of a rise in the national minimum wage to come in the spring, election campaign promises to end austerity have yet to be realised. Conference will be debating a wide range of austerity-related issues, from the growing crisis in social care – with its effect on the largely female care workforce and on women who are expect...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News #UsToo 2020 Women's Conference Menopause sexual harassment Source Type: news

Scottish government pledges more cash for health and social care in budget
But it ’s not enough to meet safe staffing legislation, say nurse leaders Related items fromOnMedica New Year NHS resolutions BMA urges Tory leader candidates to reform pensions provision Doctors call on politicians to invest in the NHS NHS – It’s not just about numbers GP contract for England brings overall 3.4% increase (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dealing with the aftermath of Ciara and Dennis
Storm Ciara is still making its effects felt – and will be followed by Storm Dennis, due to hit the country at the end of this week. As of yesterday, there were185 flood alerts and 77 flood warnings in place across the UK. And the outlook could be still be grim: high winds are forecast for the South West, Midlands, North West, Scotland and Northern Ireland, while heavy snow is also expected. Many UNISON members are out dealing with the effects of the wind, rain and snow as part of their jobs. Others are dealing with the effects of the storms at home. To help those who have seen storm damage to their property, UNISON&...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article member benefits membership benefits UIA Source Type: news

Type 2 diabetes cases in Scotland 'up by 40% in 10 years'
The number of people diagnosed rose from 190,772 to 267,615 between 2008 and 2018, a study by Diabetes Scotland shows. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wales has the UK ’s highest prevalence of diabetes
Total for UK now over 4.8 million including undiagnosed cases – predicted to reach 5.3 million by 2025, warns Diabetes UK Related items fromOnMedica Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Child type 2 diabetes is a ‘wake-up call’ to the nation Put children ’s health, not private profits, at heart of policy Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Immigration salary changes could boost NHS recruitment
Ministers propose a drop in threshold from £30,000 to £25,000 Related items fromOnMedica Nurses demand action to tackle staff shortages RCN urges members to mount twitter campaign to boost training funds Home Office woes Rising NHS staff shortage figures spark alarm Three-year pay deal agreed for NHS staff in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How patients in some parts of Britain are waiting TWO YEARS for NHS treatment
Patients at the Royal Free Hospital in London are being seen in an average of 37 weeks, while those being treated by NHS Highland in Scotland are waiting between 40 and 112 weeks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicinal Cannabis - We talk to the BBC
RPS Scotland Practice and Policy Lead Aileen Bryson featured on BBC Reporting Scotland on 5th February, as part of a news feature on medicinal cannabis. Her appearance comes after pressure on the Gov (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

UNISON calls for safe, decent and affordable homes for all
More than a million people are lingering on waiting lists for council houses in England, says UNISON, as it publishes a new housing manifesto to see in the new decade. But despite the housing crisis highlighted by that statistic, fewer than 6,500 low-cost social rented homes were built in England in 2017/18. More than 60% of the housing budget goes towards supporting home-ownership. That, says the union, is unsustainable. Hence the manifesto – Safe, Decent and Affordable Homes for All: UNISON’s vision for Housing – which examines the crisis and outlines solutions. The crisis in England has ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 6, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News community housing housing associations housing crisis local government social housing Source Type: news

Meds are not a ‘free pass’ to start or maintain bad habits
People who started CVD meds were more likely to gain weight and cut exercise, as well as to drink less and quit smoking Related items fromOnMedica Should we recognise obesity as a disease? Statins of small and uncertain benefit in primary prevention Vitamin D supplements do not confer cardiovascular protection Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients More Scottish GPs needed to fight heart disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Low-quality work is bad for people ’s health
We must raise work quality as well as employment rates – those in low-quality jobs twice as likely to report not-good health Related items fromOnMedica Prioritise and fund prevention to save lives and NHS, warn doctors Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Should we recognise obesity as a disease? Doctors urge government to act on rising alcohol impact Government must tackle low levels of physical activity (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Daily vaping linked to more recently quitting cigarettes
Daily vapers in Europe are more likely than non-vapers to have quit smoking cigarettes recently Related items fromOnMedica Criminal sanctions fail to curb illegal drug use Health-focused line on drugs misuse would save lives and money Doctors welcome drop in Scotland ’s alcohol consumption Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women 1% of doctors account for half of all opioid doses and a quarter of scrips in US (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

People texting more likely to have ‘near miss’ with a vehicle
Text messaging generally had the most detrimental effect on pedestrian behaviours while crossing roads Related items fromOnMedica Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities Health Outcome Framework may include measure on loneliness Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Midwives demand ‘equivalence’ in prison perinatal care More action needed to treat TB (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Getting actively involved with UNISON … got me out of the abyss’
Delegates applauded Charmaine Blaze at the Black members’ conference today, when she movingly described how UNISON helped her secure a managerial role at NHS Scotland after years of being under-employed, under-valued and lacking career progression. She observed that, for Black women in particular, the gender pay gap is “less of a gap and more of an abyss or chasm”. Ms Blaze (pictured) said: “Many times they offer us employment and, when we come to the table, they give us crumbs while they feast on the key roles – the important roles, the leadership roles, the management roles.” Some two ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 1, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2020 Black Members Conference low pay Source Type: news

Latest treatment options for Scotland's NHS
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - February 1, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

What a start to the new decade!
January’s been busy for UNISON. We started off the year strongly, announcing our support for Keir Starmer as the new Labour leader (above with Dave Prentis) and Angela Rayner as deputy (below). The first campaigning win of the year came for members in Northumbria Police, after the Northumbria office of the Police and Crime Commissioner signed the Dying to Work Charter, which protects individuals at work with a terminal illness. In Northern Ireland, health workers suspended a strike action after the government offered an improved pay deal. The pay deal was offered after intensive negotiations betw...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article angela rayner dave prentis holocaust memorial day insourcing Keir Starmer show racism the red card Source Type: news

Sleep deprivation makes Scots teenage girls' anxiety worse
Study shows almost a third of young people experience sleep problems - but older girls' mental health is suffering the most. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fermented soy in diet linked to lower mortality risk
Lower risk of all-cause mortality among people who ate more natto and miso – but no link with overall soy intake 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 Sugary drinks linked to risk of overall and breast cancer Sweetened drinks greater risk for poor glycaemic control (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RPS Director for Scotland to retire
Alex MacKinnon FRPharmS, Director for Scotland, has announced his retirement. Alex has been Director for Scotland since 2010 and served as interim CEO of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society during 2017. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Reducing migrant salary threshold ‘right step’ says BMA
But some NHS and care staff will still be excluded Related items fromOnMedica NHS severely impacted by UK skill shortage Doctors believe patient care has worsened Safer staffing should be enshrined in law, says RCN Brexit creates uncertainty for EU care workers in Scotland Ageing medical workforce - a growing trend (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nurses undervalued due to gender, study finds
Shortages due to poor status and pay Related items fromOnMedica NHS hugely dependent on workers from overseas Consultant vacancies - a serious issue in Scotland Whistle-blower support scheme to roll out nationwide Patient safety warning over nurse shortages Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scotland to ban heading in children's football - Siva N.
The ban aims to prevent neurodegenerative diseases in later life. However, the direct evidence is weak, and experts are split on the decision ... Keywords: Soccer Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Male contraceptive pill is one step closer after scientists make a 'breakthrough' in drug testing
Scottish researchers developed a robotic screening system which can rapidly assess how drug compounds effect human sperm. The team are looking for ones which block sperm motility. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How did local government work in Western Europe during the late Middle Ages?
(Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) How were the city administrations of Augsburg and Aberdeen organized during the late Middle Ages? How did they evolve? What were the similarities and differences between the two? And what terminology did the two administrations use in documenting their activities? In a new joint research project starting in February 2020, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland will be looking to find answers to these questions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Holocaust Memorial Day: UNISON Renfrewshire remembers Jane Haining
Holocaust Memorial Day is Monday 27 January and UNISON Renfrewshire will be remembering the only Scot who died in a Nazi concentration camp – Jane Haining. In 1932, she responded to an advert in the Church of Scotland magazine for the position of a matron at the Scottish Mission School in Budapest. When Germany annexed Austria in 1937, Budapest became a major destination for Jewish people fleeing the Nazis. Jane and the Scottish Mission did vital work saving Jewish refugees by helping them emigrate to safety – by February 1939 it was running courses in farming, cattle breeding and any other subjects that would ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article holocaust memorial day Scotland Source Type: news

Launch of new greener NHS campaign
Health system responsible for 4-5% of England ’s carbon footprint Related items fromOnMedica Public health chiefs set out NHS plan targets It ’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine Joined-up care in action Study reveals extent of premature mortality gap across the UK Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK-wide summit on tackling drug misuse confirmed
Summit on drug misuse set for February Related items fromOnMedica Doctors welcome drop in Scotland ’s alcohol consumption NI drug deaths in males double in a decade Minimum alcohol unit pricing finally goes live in Scotland RCGP backs O ’Neill’s call for investment in new antimicrobials Criminal sanctions fail to curb illegal drug use (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news