Alcohol ‘kills 22 Scots a week and hospitalises 600 more’

Around 22 people in Scotland die from alcohol misuse each week, according to a snapshot of the nation’s health which paints a stark picture of the challenges facing the NHS.

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For Celtic and Scotland, Billy McNeill was a defensive rock and an attacking threat with his head. He now suffers from dementia. Picture: SNS

Aidan Smith: Billy McNeill - a legend who fills all our memories

Dementia has cruelly hit the former Celtic and Scotland captain before the 50th anniversary of his greatest triumph, writes Aidan Smith

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Bee Hull, Jonny Owen and Emily Park. Picture: Edinburgh University

Edinburgh University medical students strip naked for organ appeal

University of Edinburgh medical students have bared almost all as part of a drive to get more people on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Georgina Mackie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Picture:  Lenny Warren / Warren Media 07

One in three cancer sufferers in Scotland has no savings

Thirty per cent of Scottish cancer sufferers have no savings to help cushion the financial impact of the disease, according to new research.

David Tennant plays the Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing in his latest movie Mad To Be Normal.

David Tennant closes Glasgow Film Festival with RD Laing biopic

David Tennant drew the Glasgow Film Festival to a close as he unveiled his portrayal of a hugely controversial Scottish psychiatrist.

Michael Jamieson won the silver medal in the 200m breast stroke at the London Olympics. Picture: Robert Perry The Scotsman.

Michael Jamieson retires after opening up on depression battle

Olympic silver-medallist Michael Jamieson has retired from competitive swimming.

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Celtic legend Billy McNeil.

Celtic legend Billy McNeill’s wife speaks out on his dementia

The wife of Celtic legend Billy McNeill has spoken out about his battle with dementia.

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Nurses at Edinburghs Western General with the new scalp coolers

A cool head in a crisis – all thanks to MoonWalkers

Thousands of women with breast cancer could be spared the devastation of hair loss thanks to a cooling cap worn during chemotherapy that could halve the chance of patients losing their hair.

Alison Thewliss took her son Alexander to see her beloved Motherwell when he was a baby

Campaign for Scottish stadiums to be breastfeeding-friendly

An MP is campaigning for all football clubs in Scotland to declare their stadiums breastfeeding-friendly.

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The Scottish Government is funding access to more palliative care. Picture: Getty Images

Thousands of Scots miss out on end of life palliative care

Experts estimate that about 11,000 people in Scotland could have benefited from palliative care at the end of their lives, but did not receive it.

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The number of lives lost as a result of fires has halved since the use of smoke alarms became widespread. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Smoke alarm using voice to wake up children to be trialled

Researchers from the University of Dundee are seeking hundreds of families to help them trial a new smoke alarm sound aimed specifically at waking children by using a low frequency bleep followed by a spoken message.

Gordon Aikman raised more than �500,000 for research. Picture: Jane Barlow

£25k MND scholarship set up in memory of Gordon Aikman

A new £25,000 scholarship to improve care for people with motor neurone disease (MND) will be set up in memory of campaigner Gordon Aikman.

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In Zambia, there is only one anaesthetist per one million people. Picture: Getty Images

Niharika Lal: Only one third of the world’s population can access safe surgery

Having worked as a doctor for seven years, I have always had a keen awareness that not everyone has the luxury of a free, world-class healthcare system at their doorstep; that there were less fortunate people living in remote areas of the world where access to quality healthcare is woefully limited.

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Huntercombe Hospital in West Lothian said it had no plans to introduce use of the equipment. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Private hospital told to provide policy for restraints use

A private hospital which provides treatment for eating disorders has been told to provide a written policy for possible future use of specialist mechanical restraint equipment for treating such illnesses, following a visit by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (MWCS).

Researchers found ten portions of fruit or vegetables a day was best defence against heart disease. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Ten portions of fruit and veg a day cuts heart disease risk

Eating 10 portions of fruit and vegetables every day could significantly reduce a person’s risk of heart disease and cancer, a new study has found.

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An example of dementia-friendly building design. Picture: Contributed

Architects turn to VR to help people with dementia

A new virtual reality (VR) system has been launched to help architects and designers make life easier for people with dementia.

Scotland lags behind the other home nations for life expectancy. Picture: TSPL

Scotland lags behind other UK nations in life expectancy

Life expectancy across the UK has risen in recent decades, but Scotland lags behind the other home nations.

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The mortality rate from heart disease in Scotland has fallen. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Death rate for heart disease in Scotland down 40 per cent

Deaths from coronary heart disease in Scotland have fallen by almost 40 per cent over a decade, new figures have revealed.

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Colin Murray prepares for Etape Loch Ness charity cycle. Picture: Contributed

Grandad with cancer to do 66-mile Loch Ness charity cycle

A 62-year-old grandfather suffering form an incurable cancer will take part in the Etape Loch Ness challenge to raise money for Maggie’s Centre.

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Donald Trumps policies could hit scientific work hard. Picture: Getty Images

Trump presidency could ‘disrupt flow of scientific ideas’

US President Donald Trump’s immigration policies could “disrupt the flow of scientific ideas and knowledge”, according to an article in a leading medical journal.

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