What you can do if you think your neighbours are smoking cannabis

While some people may not be too bothered about their neighbours smoking cannabis in their own homes, others may find it particularly annoying.

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Fears have been raised over the state of patient safety in Scotland. Picture: Greg Macvean

Stark warning over effects of cuts on A&E patient safety

Patient safety in Scotland’s under pressure A&E departments has been called into question by senior medics with a stark warning that systems to manage potential dangers have been “diminished or abandoned” to save money.

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Scots scientists have made a breakthrought in Mad Cow Disease research. Picture: Contributed

Scots scientists make leaps in mad cow disease research

Scientists at a Scottish University have developed a new system to study Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the laboratory, paving the way for research to find treatments for the fatal brain disorder.

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The Milky Way is a spectacle in the absence of light pollution. Photograph: George McConnachie

Exhausted Scottish carers offered ‘astronomy respite breaks’

Scotland’s carers are being offered “astronomy respite breaks” on an island in the Inner Hebrides by the Royal Astronomical Society.

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The Sheffield Alcohol Research Group thinks minimum pricing is unlikely to be adopted in England under the current government. Picture: John Devlin

Wales & Ireland to follow Scotland’s lead and end cheap booze

A leading expert on alcohol policy has outlined where the rest of the UK and Ireland are in terms of adopting minimum unit pricing on the back of the Supreme Court ruling which has paved the way for it to be introduced in Scotland.

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Minimum pricing is not a panacea. Photograph: Getty/iStockphoto

Alison Douglas: Take pride in the defeat of Big Alcohol

The decision by the UK Supreme Court to dismiss the Scotch Whisky Association’s appeal against minimum unit pricing is a landmark victory for public health.

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Tillie and Lottie Fowler were born 17 weeks early with a combined weight of less than 3lbs

Youngest surviving premature twins celebrate defying odds

Scotland’s youngest surviving premature twins marked World Prematurity day with a visit to the hospital where they were born to thank staff for their care.

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Stephen Jardine: Beware Coke Christmas trucks bearing ‘gifts’

A sugary drink giveaway by Coca-Cola is ‘last thing children need’ at Christmas, writes Stephen Jardine

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Hospital to be investigated after A&E waiting times ‘under-reported’

A probe has been ordered into a major Lothians hospital after a whistleblowing complaint revealed that flagship A&E waiting times were being wrongly recorded by staff.


Has Scotland been failing to develop a world vision for life sciences?

Industry leaders believe Scotland is missing a trick in not selling itself abroad, says David Lee

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Opportunities are knocking for the Scottish life sciences community

There’s a lot going for the sector in Scotland and now is the time to get that message across. David Lee reports


Frank O’Donnell: Scotland leading the world in life science research

Life science in Scotland is in an exciting place. Genuinely world-leading research is taking place in our universities to find solutions to the most challenging health problems of the 21st century.

The Scottish Life Sciences Advisory Board, a government body, is currently in the midst of a 10-year strategy to double the sectors turnover to 8 billion by 2025.

Scotland’s most miraculous scientific advances

On the eve of the Scotsman Life Sciences Conference, we look at how the sector’s most revolutionary new discoveries are paving the way for an £8 billion strategy.

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The era of cheap booze is coming to an end – at last

In the final part of our Dying for a Drink series we reflect on the momentous decision taken by the Supreme Court making Scotland the first country in the world to introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol.

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Scott Hastings presents Doddie Weir with his award. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Doddie Weir recognised for contribution to the sporting world

Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir has been given a special “services to sport” honour in his home city today – months after revealing he is battling motor neurone disease.

Three-year-old Daniel Cornett, with his parents, is presented with the Cash for Kids Award. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Brave toddler raises spirits as Radio Forth honours local heroes

IT was an afternoon of high spirits and high emotion as the Usher Hall hosted the annual Radio Forth Awards ceremony.

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Keith Robson, Charity Director of Age Scotland

Keith Robson: SNP’s free care policy is a success – but there is huge pressure how we provide it

Is social care in Scotland ­really in crisis? It’s hard to open a paper these days without reading about staff shortages, ­vulnerable people left at risk, or the “ticking timebomb” of an increasing older population.

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Many older people who live on their own, especially those who are in the last days of life, often feel lonely and isolated with no one to turn to except time-pressed care workers

Richard Meade: How much of a caring society are we towards the dying and lonely?

As a society we have become much more aware of, or at least willing to talk about, the issue of isolation and loneliness. For far too long we have avoided the subject and it has become a major public health issue.

Health Secretary Shona Robison heard that research with frontline staff has highlighted the increasing strain being placed on care home workforce.

Scottish care bosses warn sector may soon cease to exist

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