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
(Source: Reuters: Health)
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

Coronavirus live news: Spain 'could achieve herd immunity by summer 2021'; Germany to close schools and all non-essential shops
Spain ’s health minister says vaccine could bring herd immunity by summer;Germany introduces new restrictions to combat spread of virusHow Covid revealed the truth about our worldFDA chief urged by White House to approve Pfizer vaccine ‘or quit’Scientists warn against Christmas gatherings in UKCalifornia ’s ICU beds near capacity as hospitalizations hit recordSee all our coronavirus coverage2.34pmGMTA further 159 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in hospital inEngland, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 44,285,NHS Englandhas said.Patients were aged...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Yohannes Lowe (now) ; Helen Sullivan (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus World news US news UK news Australia news Europe Asia Pacific Africa Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Fit for a king: true glory of 1,000-year-old cross buried in Scottish field is revealed at last
Part of the Galloway Hoard, found in 2014, the piece is so spectacular it may have belonged to a monarchA spectacular Anglo-Saxon silver cross has emerged from beneath 1,000 years of encrusted dirt following painstaking conservation. Such is its quality that whoever commissioned this treasure may have been a high-standing cleric or even a king.It was a sorry-looking object when first unearthed in 2014 from a ploughed field in western Scotland as part of theGalloway Hoard, the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland, acquired by the National Museums Scotland (NMS) in 2017.Co...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Dalya Alberge Tags: Archaeology Scotland Museums Culture British Museum UK news Heritage Source Type: news

Coronavirus: UK scientists identify drugs that may help severe cases
Breakthrough comes via Edinburgh study that spotted five genes linked to serious illnessCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have identified a collection of drugs with the potential to benefit tens of thousands of patients who are admitted to intensive care with life-threatening coronavirus infections.The breakthrough emerged from a major study of critically ill patients that revealed a suite of genes involved in antiviral defences and lung inflammation that leave people at greater risk of developing severe Covid disease.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 11, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Medical research Health Coronavirus Genetics UK news Scotland University of Edinburgh Society Science Source Type: news

UK officials warn vaccination will do little to reduce winter coronavirus cases
(Natural News) British health officials warn of additional burden on healthcare services over the holiday season as it is predicted that the coronavirus vaccines will have little effect on reducing hospital admissions over the next three months. In a letter sent Nov. 4 to the U.K.’s healthcare staff, chief medical officers for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland said that... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Scotland Child Disability Payment
The Scottish Child Disability Payment pilot areas have been announced and initial applications are to be taken in three local authority areas (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - December 10, 2020 Category: Disability Tags: European Disability News Source Type: news

Scotland's health chiefs warn of no-deal Brexit risk
Patient care could be put at risk if an agreement is not made before the 31 December departure date. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland's harsher animal cruelty penalties comes into force including longer jail term and unlimited fines
New measures increasing the maximum available penalties for the worst cases of animal cruelty have come into force. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The evaluation of large cycling infrastructure investments in Glasgow using crowdsourced cycle data - Hong J, McArthur DP, Livingston M.
The benefits of cycling have been well established for several decades. It can improve public health and make cities more active and environmentally friendly. Due to the significant net benefits, many local governments in Scotland have promoted cycling. Gl... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Care home vaccination to begin as Scottish minister says Pfizer vaccine packs can be split up
Vaccination of care home residents against COVID-19 will start on 14 December in Scotland after the country's health minister said 975-dose packs of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine can be split up. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 3, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Push for free hospital parking continues
UNISON is continuing to push for the reinstatement of free parking for all NHS staff at hospitals at least during COVID-19 ­– and for free parking for staff permanently – as it becomes clear that some hospitals are starting to charge staff yet again. Parking was made free for all staff in the early part of the pandemic and remains free in Scotland and Northern Ireland. In Wales, parking has been free for staff since before the pandemic. UNISON believes that parking should be free for all staff on a permanent basis. This initiative has helped keep staff and patients safe, reducing infection risks by staff tr...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Covid-19 hospital parking Source Type: news

Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on orthopaedic trauma: a multicentre study across Scotland - MacDonald DRW, Neilly DW, Davies PSE, Crome CR, Jamal B, Gill SL, Jariwala AC, Stevenson IM, Ashcroft GP, SCORE authors.
This study aims to identify the effect of lockdown on the rates, types, mechanisms, and mortality of musculoskeletal trauma across Scotland. Metho... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

RPS Scotland celebrates new Fellows
RPS Director for Scotland, Clare Morrison and SPB Chair, Jonathan Burton have written to the nine new pharmacists in Scotland who have received Fellowships, congratulating them on their well-deserved (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - November 27, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

'Loser' Projected Onto Trump's Golf Course to Soundtrack of 'YMCA'
The activist group Led by Donkeys lit up the lawns in front of Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire, Scotland. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus infections levelling during England lockdown
But in Scotland infection rates appear to be rising, according to Office for National Statistics data. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland becomes first country to make menstrual products free nationwide
Scotland passed new legislation Tuesday making it the first nation to provide free access to menstrual products nationwide. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RPS mental health and wellbeing report – Scotland’s Interim CPhO responds
In response to our mental health and wellbeing report, Scotland's Interim Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Alison Strath has sent us the following message:“Having good mental health, or being (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - November 26, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Covid: What are the new tiers and lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
England will move to a tougher version of tiered coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends next week. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland to make period products freely available to all
Scottish lawmakers have unanimously passed legislation that will make period products freely available to anyone who needs them (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Scotland ’s Pioneering Law To Make Period Products Free & End Period Poverty
The new bill means local authorities legally have to provide free period products to people who need them with ease of access. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 25, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alice Broster, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Decision Maker Content decisionmaker Source Type: news

Scotland Will Be The First Country To Make Period Products Free
The goal of the legislation is to eliminate “period poverty.” (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elana Lyn Gross, Forbes Staff Tags: Business /business Policy /policy Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Leadership /leadership ForbesWomen /forbeswomen Breaking breaking-news Billionaires Source Type: news

Pharmacists role in mental health care: We talk to BBC Radio Scotland
RPS Director ofScotland Clare Morrison has been interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland, highlighting how pharmacists can support people with mental health conditions. In the interview, Clare talks about t (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - November 24, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology 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 - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland to be first country to have universal free period products
Scotland will become the first country in the world to introduce free universal access to period products if a new law is passed in... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aerosol generation during airway management, Difficult Airway Society
The precautionary principle should be adhered to and while there is uncertainty HCW safety should be prioritised. Public Health bodies from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and NERVTAG may update their guidance in the light of the evolving evidence base, but until then, our recommendation is to maintain current standards of protection against aerosol transmission during airway management. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Job guarantees and free money: 'Utopian' ideas tested in Europe as the pandemic gives governments a new role
Christine Jardine, a Scottish politician who represents Edinburgh in the UK parliament, was not a fan of universal basic income before... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK coronavirus live: Johnson says majority of vulnerable people in the UK could be vaccinated by Easter - as it happened
Latest updates: PM holds press conference;Police Federation says new rules may be impossible to enforce;Starmer says three-tier system is riskyBoris Johnson sets out new three-tier system for EnglandOxford/Astra/Zeneca vaccine ‘likely first to be widely used in UK’Crowds of up to 4,000 and grassroots games to returnEngland ’s new post-lockdown tier system explainedCoronavirus – latest global updates8.02pmGMTThat ’s all from the UK blog today, you can keep following the latest coronavirus developments over on our global blog:Related:Coronavirus live news: Italy reports 630 Covid-linked deaths i...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Murray (now) and Andrew Sparrow (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Politics UK news Boris Johnson Matt Hancock Health Infectious diseases Vaccines and immunisation Medical research Science Scotland Nicola Sturgeon Christmas Labour Keir Starmer Pubs Source Type: news

Covid: Infection rates levelling off in England and Scotland
But the government data suggests coronavirus rates in school-age children are still rising. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news