Scotland's Wellbeing: The impact of Covid-19, Scottish Government
Analysis by the Scottish Government show the impact of COVID-19 on the National Outcomes. Scotland's Wellbeing: The Impact of COVID-19 found the negative effects of the pandemic have been borne unequally and will have long-lasting impact.The negative effects have also both worsened and been worsened by pre-existing inequalities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prevalence and social inequality in experiences of domestic abuse among mothers of young children: a study using national survey data from Scotland - Skafida V, Morrison F, Devaney J.
Domestic abuse is a pernicious societal issue that has both short- and long-term consequences for those who are victimized. Research points to motherhood being linked to women's victimization, with pregnancy being a particular point of risk. Across UK jur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Calls grow to ban 'dangerous criminal' Donald Trump from visiting Scotland
A growing number of politicians across Scotland have backed calls to bar Donald Trump from entering Scotland and the UK in the wake of... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish nationalists demand billions in 'Brexit compensation' for Scotland
The pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) demanded on Sunday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson pay billions of pounds in... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seeding the Ocean: Inside a Michelin-Starred Chef ’s Revolutionary Quest to Harvest Rice From the Sea
There are very few things that Ángel León hasn’t done with the fruits of the sea. In 2008, as a young, unknown chef, he took a loin from one fish and attached it to the loin of another, using collagen to bind the two proteins together. He called them hybrids and served them to unsuspecting diners at Aponiente, his restaurant in the southern Spanish port town of El Puerto de Santa María, just across the bay from Cádiz. He discovered that fish eyes, cooked at 55°C in a thermal circulator until the gelatin collapsed, made excellent thickening agents for umami-rich sauces. Next he found th...
Source: TIME: Science - January 9, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Matt Goulding Tags: Uncategorized climate change feature longform Magazine Source Type: news

RPS recognises provisional registrants' exam concerns
The Chairs of the three national Pharmacy Boards in England, Scotland and Wales, Claire Anderson, Jonathan Burton and Suzanne Scott-Thomas today issued the following statement on the scheduled exam fo (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Fears Covid vaccines would not work against South Africa variant led to travel curbs
Minister says extra check on travellers introduced as ‘we simply cannot take chances’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFears that Covid vaccines will not work against the new South African strain of the virus have prompted the introduction of testing for new arrivals into England and Scotland from abroad, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has said.Outlining the new testing regime for England and Scotland, he told Sky News: “This is an extra check and we’re doing this now because there are these variants that we’re very keen to keep out of the country, like ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Matthew Weaver Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Science Grant Shapps Health Politics Society UK news Source Type: news

The COVID-19 Virus Is Mutating. What Does That Mean for Vaccines?
As we enter the second year of living with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus is celebrating its invasion of the world’s population with yet more mutated forms that help it to spread more easily from person to person. One, first detected in the U.K. in December, has already raised alarms about whether the COVID-19 virus is now escaping from the protection that vaccines just being rolled out now might provide. The variant has also been found in the U.S. Already, U.K. officials have tightened lockdowns in England, Scotland and Wales, and over the holidays, more than 40 countries banned travelers from the region ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Trump not welcome to golf in Scotland during Biden ’s inauguration
Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Trump will not be exempt from coronavirus travel restrictions to the country. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid in Scotland: Medics concerned over 12-week gap between vaccine doses
The BMA in Scotland says it is concerned about the potential impact of delaying the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Streamlined process for new medicines
Companies can now submit medicines for the new Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway (ILAP) following close collaboration between the NICE, drug regulators, the NHS and equivalent organisations in Scotland. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 6, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scotland's Leader Says Trump Wouldn't Be Allowed To Visit Under Pandemic Rules
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Source: Reuters: Health - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rumored Trump Trip to Scottish Golf Course Ruled Out of Bounds
Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has shot down a supposed plan for the president to pass the Biden inauguration at his... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No, Τrump won’t be golfing in Scotland on Inauguration Day, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says
Pandemic travel ban applies to President Trump as much as anybody else, Scotland’s head of government says (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNISON urges employers to review staff safety due to new COVID variant
UNISON is urging employers to review their workplace risk assessments and safety measures in light of the increase in the more infectious variant of COVID-19. This is in order to keep staff safe. The union has written to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to underline the increased risks to staff, urging the body to update their advice. Improved safety measures would include working from home, change to duties to less hazardous duties Disabled, Black and other vulnerable workers with underlying health conditions who are still in the workplace could be at particular risk of the new variant. In the letter to the HSE, assi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 5, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Covid-19 health and safety Source Type: news

BTec exams must be cancelled now urges UNISON
UNISON has accused the Westminster government of yet again making a last minute decision without thinking through the consequences on those who will be involved in delivering it. In warning of the dire consequences of how fast the virus is now spreading the Westminster government made the decision to close all colleges and sixth forms and move to online learning. But as an afterthought the DfE announced that BTec exams starting this week would still go ahead. This means that thousands of young people will be asked to go into halls with the invigilators, the admin staff and the learning support assistants acting as scribes ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 5, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article FE colleges higher education sixth form colleges Source Type: news

Risks of and risk factors for COVID-19 disease in people with diabetes: a cohort study of the total population of Scotland, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Population level review (n=5,463,000) found that a larger portion of the Scottish population with diabetes developed critical care unit treated COVID-19 than those with without diabetes (0.3% vs 0.1%, OR 1.395, p (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Managing the long-term effects of COVID-19, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
This guideline covers the care of people who have signs and symptoms that develop during or after an infection that is consistent with COVID-19, which continue for more than four weeks and are not explained by an alternative diagnosis. This guideline was first issued in 2020. SIGN, NICE, and the RCGP are developing the guideline using a'living'approach, which means that targeted areas of the guideline will be continuously reviewed and updated in response to emerging evidence. SIGN 161, December 2020 (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish lockdown could continue beyond January, says Sturgeon
First minister links easing of coronavirus curbs to vaccine plan but says there is still uncertainty over deliveriesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has warned there is no certaintythe lockdown across mainland Scotlandwill be lifted at the end of January, or that schools will reopen.The first minister said there was no definitive answer on when restrictions would end as it depended on the latest surge in cases subsiding significantly.Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, has indicated that England ’s lockdown could last until March.Continue reading... (Source: Gua...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 5, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Severin Carrell Scotland editor Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Scotland Scottish politics Nicola Sturgeon UK news Source Type: news

Covid: England and Scotland begin new lockdowns as cases rise
The PM warns the "hardest weeks" are ahead as schools close and stay-at-home orders are issued. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid: England and Scotland begin new lockdowns as cases rise
The PM warns the "hardest weeks" are ahead as schools close and stay-at-home orders are issued. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland announces new coronavirus lockdown as England to also take 'further steps'
Scotland announced Monday that it is implementing a new coronavirus lockdown as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nicola Sturgeon announces new ‘stay home’ order for Scotland and closes schools until February
Delay or prevarication in face of virus ‘almost always makes things worse’, first minister tells recalled Scottish parliament (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland announces full lockdown, closing schools for all of January
Nichola Sturgeon announces stricter ‘stay at home’ rules due to risks posed by new variant (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One Pennsylvania Man ’s Act of Kindness Goes Viral
Chance meeting with benefactor kickstarts career of once-homeless young professional ... Courtesy of Scot Johnston ... Though this year has been tough for many, it's ending on a high note for Micha... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - January 2, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

We will be back soon, Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon says as UK leaves EU's orbit
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Europe that Scotland would be back soon, just as the United Kingdom completed its... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An N-of-1 study of daily alcohol consumption following Minimum Unit Pricing implementation in Scotland - Kwasnicka D, Boroujerdi M, O'Gorman A, Anderson M, Craig P, Bowman L, McCann M.
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Within the context of Scotland's policy change to implement a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) per unit of alcohol sold in licenced premises, this study used an N-of-1 design to assess between person differences in the psychological and soci... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Deaths in England and Wales were 7% higher than usual during week ending Dec 18
The figures were produced by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' mortality monitor, which uses data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and its equivalents in Scotland and Northern Ireland. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 24 December 2020, ONS
In the most recent week, the percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in England has continued to increase; during the most recent week (12 to 18 December 2020), we estimate 645,800 people (95% credible interval: 610,100 to 683,100) within the community population in England had the coronavirus (COVID-19), equating to around 1 in 85 people (95% credible interval: 1 in 90 to 1 in 80). Over the most recent week, the percentage of people testing positive has continued to increase sharply in London, the East of England, and the South East; London now has the highest percentage of people testing p...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid in Scotland: 'Stay at home' Hogmanay plea as cases hit record high
Nicola Sturgeon says it is "especially vital" Scots do not mix at new year after 1,895 new cases were recorded. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors raise alarm over 'dire' situation in NHS as Covid cases rise
Hospitals under growing pressure as patient numbers surpass first wave of pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNHS hospitals in England are under increasing pressure as coronavirus cases rise, with doctors raising the alarm about “very, very busy services” and one trust calling for volunteers to help prone patients.The warning comes as the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals surpassed the peak of the first wave – up to 20,426 as of 8am on Monday, more than April’s high of 18,974. Health officials in Wales and Scotland have also said they fear becoming ove...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Marsh Tags: Hospitals Coronavirus Science Infectious diseases Society NHS Health England Source Type: news

Millions face new UK virus restrictions; border chaos eases
LONDON (AP) — Millions of people in the U.K. faced tough new coronavirus restrictions Saturday, with Scotland and Northern Ireland... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: Tougher Covid rules begin for millions in UK
More areas in England enter tier four, as lockdowns begin in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish leader Sturgeon sorry for breaking COVID-19 rules
Scotland’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has apologised for breaching coronavirus restrictions when she took off her face mask at a funeral wake (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lockdown looms for Scotland amid reports more of England will enter tier 4
MSPs told tough measures likely in coming days, while ministers may soon extend English restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has warned MSPs she may have to introduce full lockdown measures across Scotland in the coming days to contain the faster-spreading Covid variant, which has already led to Wales bringing forward a countrywide lockdown from last Sunday and Northern Ireland announcing a six-week lockdown from Boxing Day.It came as the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, said it seemed “inevitable” that further national restrictions would be needed, adding th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 22, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Libby Brooks and Andrew Sparrow Tags: Scotland Scottish politics UK news Nicola Sturgeon Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Guideline on managing the long-term effects of COVID-19
NICE, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) havepublished a guideline on the management of the long-term effects of COVID-19 (also known as Long COVID). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Is the new Covid strain only in the UK? Do any other countries have the Covid variant?
COVID cases continue to rise in the UK after scientists identified a new strain of the coronavirus that could be up to 70 percent more transmissible. But has the Covid variant spread to any other countries outside of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus live update: NSW premier adds new restrictions on greater Sydney as northern beaches locked down, UK tightens Christmas rules
Scotland announces travel ban with rest of UK, France death toll surpasses 60,000; Sweden introduces tough new measuresNew restrictions in place for greater SydneyList of Sydney and regional coronavirus case locationsUK PM announces ‘tier 4’ curbs and curtails Christmas mixing in EnglandNew strain in south-east England prompts fears of third lockdown2.49amGMTPolice in Western Australia havecharged two people with breaching quarantine requirements.A 42-year-old Russian man who arrived in Perth from Russia on Friday was arrested and refused bail for allegedly leaving his room in a quarantine hotel twice on Saturd...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Davidson (now) and Calla Wahlquist (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus World news Science Australia news UK news US news Asia Pacific Source Type: news

5,000-year-old Egyptian artifact discovered in cigar box in Scotland
A long-lost artifact from the Queen's Chamber of the Great Pyramid in Giza has been rediscovered in Aberdeen. The relic was dated to... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK coronavirus: cases rise 42% in a week as tier 3 rules widened and furlough extended – as it happened
Latest updates:‘vast majority’ of areas currently in tier 3 remain there;government furlough scheme to run until at least end of April 2021. This live blog is now closed –please follow the global live blog for updatesParts of southern England moved to tier 3 as Bristol moved to tier 2Sunak extends furlough scheme until end of AprilEngland ’s secondary school pupils face staggered return after ChristmasPriti Patel accuses senior Tory MP of breaking Covid rulesCoronavirus – latest global updates5.34pmGMTRelated:Coronavirus live news: European leaders self-isolate after Macron Covid diagnosis; Du...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 17, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Coronavirus Boris Johnson Matt Hancock Politics UK news Science Infectious diseases NHS Medical research Health Wales Scotland Andy Burnham Greater Manchester Education Schools Keir Starmer Michael Gove Brexit Liz Tru Source Type: news

The Guardian view on Johnson and Covid rules: a habit of complacency | Editorial
The prime minister ’s obvious dislike of prescriptive social regulations dilutes his authority when asking people to complyThere is a fine line between optimism and complacency that Boris Johnson has often crossed during the coronavirus pandemic. In July, when lifting the first national lockdown, the prime minister held out the prospect of “a significant return to normality” in time for Christmas. Herestated that ambition in November, when setting out the terms of a second lockdown. “I have no doubt that people will be able to have as normal a Christmas as possible,” he said.What marks that fo...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Christmas Microbiology Boris Johnson Scotland Northern Ireland Wales Politics UK news Source Type: news

Lost artefact from Great Pyramid of Giza found in cigar box in Aberdeen
Wooden fragment from at least 3000BC discovered by chance by Egyptian university researcherA lost artefact from the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of only three objects ever recovered from inside the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, has been found in a chance discovery at the University of Aberdeen.Curatorial assistant Abeer Eladany, originally from Egypt, was reviewing items in the university ’s Asia collection when she came across a cigar box marked with her country’s former flag.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Murray Tags: Scotland Egypt World news UK news Aberdeen Middle East and North Africa Source Type: news

Mutated form of Covid has also been found in Wales, Scotland, Denmark and Australia
Public Health England confirmed that people were found to be carrying an identical virus in Denmark and Australia, and researchers confirmed there have been cases in Scotland and Wales. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mountain hares at risk as winter coats fail to camouflage in snowless Scottish Highlands
Mountain hares in Scotland failing to adapt to climate change, leaving them more vulnerable to predatorsWhen snow begins to fall, mountain hares melt into the landscape by shedding their dark fur and becoming a brilliant – but camouflaged – white.But mountain hares in Scotland are failing to adapt to a dramatic increase in snowless days, with their white fur on dark mountainsides leaving them newly visible to potential predators.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Patrick Barkham Tags: Environment Mammals Climate change Scotland UK news Wildlife Science Source Type: news

New coronavirus strain behind a fifth of cases in Norfolk, data shows
UK should boost vaccine programme to tackle Covid variant, says leading scientistCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA new strain of coronavirus is behind a fifth of all cases in Norfolk, fresh data has suggested, as a leading scientist called for the Covid vaccination programme to be ramped up to contain its spread.The variant was picked up by Public Health England surveillance in London and Kent but has spread to other regions, accounting for 20% of viruses sequenced in Norfolk – mostly around Norwich – 10% in Essex, and 3% in Suffolk. Other cases have been reported in Scotland a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Coronavirus Health Science Genetics Microbiology University of Cambridge Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Support For Scottish Independence Is Growing, Partly Due To U.K.'s COVID-19 Response
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Source: Reuters: Health - December 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drugs death figures expected to be worst ever
The much-delayed figure for the number of Scots who died as a result of drug misuse last year are to be released. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The courage to be kind: reflecting on the role of kindness in the healthcare response to Covid-19, Carnegie UK Trust
This report draws on a series of reflective conversations, conducted between April and September 2020 with five medics working in different parts of NHS Scotland. The conversations reflected on what can be achieved when united by a common purpose, and when work is underpinned by relationships and collaboration. But alongside the opportunities presented by changes in practice and a renewed focus on wellbeing, there was concern that this may be lost amid a focus on remobilising and'getting back to normal'. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The courage to be kind: reflecting on the role of kindness in the healthcare response to Covid-19, Carnegie UK Trust
This report draws on a series of reflective conversations with five medics working in different parts of NHS Scotland. The conversations reflected on what can be achieved when united by a common purpose, and when work is underpinned by relationships and collaboration. But alongside the opportunities presented by changes in practice and a renewed focus on wellbeing, there was concern that this may be lost amid a focus on remobilising and'getting back to normal'. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid in Scotland: First care home resident receives vaccine
Annie Innes, 90, from South Lanarkshire, is the first person to be be vaccinated in a care home. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news