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Leader comment: Time for change on GM crops

So the debate over genetically modified crops again comes to the fore with Princess Anne saying the crops have important benefits for providing food and health benefits for animals and she would be open to growing them on her own land.

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While the right diet is important when keeping cholesterol at bay, exercise remains one of the keys to a healthy heart. Picture: Michael Gillen

Kevan Christie: Time to crack some of the myths about cholesterol

The publication of a study last week showing a new drug will prevent heart attacks and strokes has put cholesterol, the long-time whipping boy for all things cardiovascular, back in the spotlight.

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Report reveals NHS failing Down’s syndrome patients

Report reveals NHS failing Down’s syndrome patients

A new report out today reveals significant gaps in NHS Scotland’s provision of care for patients with Down’s syndrome (Ds) – with poor communication, negative attitudes from health professionals and inconsistent levels of care, major concerns.

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Sarra Hoy with her son Callum.

Sarra Hoy becomes premature birth charity ambassador

The wife of cyclist Sir Chris Hoy has told how the shock experience of giving birth to a premature baby has propelled her into a key charity role.

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Children are not being allowed to play outside until age 10. Picture: Contributed

Average age for allowing kids to play outside alone is 10

The average age for allowing children to “play out” alone is nearly 10.5 years – although parents with girls are more likely to let them play out alone at a slightly younger age than those with boys – a survey has revealed.

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Women who have used the pill are less likely to have bowel cancer, endometrial cancer or ovarian cancer. Picture: TSPL

Contraceptive pill ‘can ward off cancer’ in women

Women who have taken the contraceptive pill are protected from some types of cancer for as long as 30 years, according to research.

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Dr Hannah Ryan was described as one of the best doctors I have worked with by a colleague. Picture: Contributed

Doctor was ‘in panic’ over Pauline Cafferkey’s temperature

A doctor accused of misleading other medical staff before Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey was struck down with the Ebola virus is “amazing”, a colleague told a tribunal.

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Pauline Cafferkey fell seriously ill the next day and tested positive for the Ebola virus.

Pauline Cafferkey to give evidence over Ebola case

Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey will give evidence today to medical watchdogs after she was struck down by the Ebola virus hours after landing back in the UK from Africa.

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A Race For Life 10k competitor in Holyrood Park. Picture: Greg Macvean

Gill Parker: I have never been a sporty person – but I just love the ‘me’ time of running

It’s around about now that we start to see them. Lighter nights, slightly warmer days and the flood of adverts for the local fundraising 5K Race For Life bring them out, ­wearing trainers dragged from the back of the cupboard, slightly uncomfortable in their skin tight leggings, a little red in the face.

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More than two-thirds of parents worry about how they can save for costs which might occur. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

New baby costs a third of salary as parents pay £184 a week

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Pauline Cafferkey fell seriously ill the next day and tested positive for the Ebola virus.

Doctor misled medics over Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey

A doctor has admitted misleading other medics after the warning sign of a raised temperature for Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey was concealed hours before she fell seriously ill with the Ebola virus.
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A supermouse led researchers to the gene discovery in humans. Picture: Contributed

Scientists seek human versions of cancer-immune ‘supermice’

Human versions of a cancer-immune “supermouse” are spearheading a multi-million-pound research project aimed at finding a cure for one of the deadliest forms of the disease.

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Wolf-Dietrich Molzow, 53, who was born with shortened legs without knee joints and restricted use of his right arm. Picture: Getty Images

Fears raised of ‘cover-up’ over drug’s link to birth defects

New documentary evidence about a pregnancy test drug linked to thousands of birth defects bolsters claims of an alleged cover-up, an MP has said.

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Community links practitioner Colette Mason at Possilpark Health Centre. Picture: John Devlin

Insight: In at the ‘Deep End’ of GP practices

Possilpark Health Centre stands like a temple to modernity among the weathered tenements of Saracen Street. Next week, a 20-year-old man will be murdered – it is said for peddling fake valium tablets from nearby doorways or the ornamental canopy at the cross. But today the centre’s rose-tinted glass panels cast a self-conscious glow of optimism over one of Glasgow’s most deprived districts.

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Community links practitioner Colette Mason at Possilpark Health Centre. Picture: John Devlin

Leader: A lifeline for desperate patients and GPs

The pressures on the health service are clear to most of us, and a visit to the GP can often underscore the headlines we see in the news. First of all, it can be a long wait to get an appointment, and then when at the surgery, there may be a further wait beyond the allocated time because the GP has fallen behind schedule, and the eventual consultation is squeezed into ten minutes.

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RD Laings work focused on difficult family relationships

App for early warning of psychosis follows work of maverick RD Laing

He was the maverick Scottish psychiatrist of his time, who wrote extensively about psychosis, and is the subject of a new film starring David Tennant, out next month.

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President Trump may be making the name Donald less popular. Photograph: Getty

Trump slump sees Scots parents ditch Donald name

It is a name given to Scottish kings and first ministers, but Donald has now fallen drastically out of favour.

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New drug to combat heart attacks

New drug set to combat Scotland's biggest killer by reducing bad cholesterol

A landmark study has shown an innovative new drug will prevent heart attacks and strokes in Scotland by cutting bad cholesterol to unprecedented low levels.

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Theresa Fyffe: Time to invest in our caring nurses

The skills of nursing staff today would be unrecognisable to those who founded the Royal College of Nursing 101 years ago, at the height of the First World War.

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Health Secretary Shona Robison

Government opens feasibility study into Frank's Law

Health Secretary Shona Robison has confirmed the Scottish Government is looking into offering free personal care to under-65s with conditions such as dementia.

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