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Nearly 10,000 Scottish parents sign up for baby box

Nearly 10,000 parents have signed up to receive a baby box and more than 500 have been delivered in the first week of the scheme, the Scottish Government has revealed.

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Sarah Glendinning is being treated for breast cancer at Edinburgh ECMC. Photograph: Lesley Martin

Edinburgh research to find which cancer patients need chemo

Leading charity Cancer Research UK and the Chief Scientist Office plan to invest a total of almost £3 million over the next five years in groundbreaking work at Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMCs) in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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In 1972 Celtic goalkeeper Evan Williams dives to keep the ball from Pat Stanton of Hibs at Parkhead

Insight: Has football become too dangerous for our children?

As the number of football veterans with Alzheimer’s grows, there is a dearth of research into whether young players need protection, says Kevan Christie

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The fact that drug deaths in Scotland rose by nearly a quarter in 2016 compared with 2015 has reignited debate. Picture: Getty/iStockphoto

Euan McColm: Real reasons we failed to reform drugs policy

The constitution may have been an obstacle to reform, but it could also lead us to an enlightened approach that saves lives, writes Euan McColm

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Sarah Glendinning is being treated for breast cancer at Edinburgh ECMC. Photograph: Lesley Martin

£3m boost for cancer centres in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Leading charity Cancer Research UK and the Chief Scientist Office plan to invest a total of almost £3 million over the next five years in groundbreaking work at Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMCs) in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Women with their babies in Lilongwe, Malawi, where many Scots have worked as volunteers. Picture: Getty Images

Sarah Brown praises role of Scots in helping Malawi’s mothers

Global health and education campaigner Sarah Brown has praised the role Scotland has played in reducing the numbers of women dying in pregnancy and during childbirth.

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Former Church of Scotland Moderator Lorna Hood visits a school breakfast club in Denny. Picture: Gary Hutchison

Children who skip breakfast ‘may be doing themselves harm’

Children who skip breakfast may be doing themselves long term harm by not getting enough nutrients, new research has warned.

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Dr Peter Barlow and his team of researchers at Edinburgh Napier university have discovered evidence that traffic pollution can harm the human immune system

Health fears as traffic fumes shown to damage immune system

Breathing in toxic traffic fumes could make people more vulnerable to colds, flu and other more serious infections, according to academics in Scotland.

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The free card is similar to an organ donor card or those alerting ambulance crews to a person's blood type. Picture: Contributed

New card ensures pets aren’t left alone if you fall ill

It is a problem which is not always a priority if someone takes ill outside of the home - or even dies.

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Portugal is a strong example of how to keep drug-related deaths to a minimum.

Kevan Christie: What can Scotland learn from Europe about how to prevent drug deaths?

The ‘appalling’ figures showing that the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland reached a record number last year have called into question the effectiveness of our national drugs strategy.

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Mental health patients are being sent on lengthy trips for treatment. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Scots forced to travel across UK for mental health services

More than 1000 mental health patients have been forced to make lengthy journeys around the country in recent years to receive treatment, new figures have revealed.

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The treatment could help those crippled following a spinal cord injury. Picture: Getty

Molecule cocktail raises spinal injury hope

A chemical “cocktail” could restore movement for people crippled after suffering spinal cord injuries, suggests new research.

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Opiates or opioids were implicated in 765 deaths in Scotland last year. Picture: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Scotland’s drug death rate hits record levels - among highest in EU

The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland reached a record high of 867 in 2016, a 23 per cent rise on the previous record reported last year. 

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Katy will be running in memory of her mum. Picture: Supplied

Katy leading army of runners in memory of her mum

AN army of runners will be pounding the streets of Inverness next month in memory of a Highland mum who died from a brain tumour earlier this year

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Luke with some of his friends.

Brave Luke returns home after tumour treatment in Mexico

The family of a terminally ill boy were treated to a heroes welcome after returning from Mexico for a pioneering treatment they hope will prolong his life.

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Dr Morit Boot made a series of videos on various procedures to help children become more aware of what is involved. Picture: Scott Louden

A million views for children at hospital videos made by mum

A series of videos set up by an Edinburgh mum to help reassure children about hospital procedures has reached a milestone one million views.

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Baby boxes are being sent out from this week. Picture: PA

Baby boxes to be sent to new parents in Scotland from this week

Baby boxes will be sent out to new parents across Scotland from this week, as the scheme is introduced across the country.

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Labour MSP Monica Lennon is launching a consultation on a members' Bill aimed at tackling period poverty. Picture: Michael Gillen

Scotland ‘can become world leader in tackling period poverty’

Scotland is being urged to become a world leader in tackling period poverty by bringing in new legislation that would force ministers to ensure sanitary products are provided free for those who need them.

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Caroline Hope was flown back to the UK after contracting E.coli in Turkey. Picture: PA

Scots teacher dies after contracting E. coli in Turkey

A teacher who was flown back to the UK after contracting E. coli in Turkey has died.

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Callum Reid, whose life was saved by a kidney transplant, backed a campaign to help increase donor numbers in Scotland.
 Picture: Mark Ferguson

New campaign to boost Scots organ donor numbers

A 24-year-old man who had a promising football career cut short by kidney failure as a teenager is backing a new campaign to persuade more people to sign up to the Scottish organ donation register.

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