What will happen to health post European Union exit?

While the next steps are decisions for the politicians in Scotland to make, the RCM would emphasise the need to ensure that Scotland’s health services are adequately funded and that workers’ rights and maternity rights are protected, whatever the future holds for Scotland.

Anti-diabetic medicines called SGLT2 inhibitors act to reduce blood sugar levels and have been shown to offer some improvements to heart disease. Picture: TSPL

Diabetes drugs to be used to tackle heart failure in world first

A NEW class of diabetes drugs could also be used to tackle heart disease, scientists believe.

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The adaptable and mobile scanners could be used to assess injuries in warzones or developing countries. Picture: Getty

Scotland leads the way in healthcare at a distance

FROM eye clinics conducted on a smartphone in Kenya to a virtual hospice caring for patients scattered over the Highlands, Scotland has led several breakthroughs in remote healthcare across the world.

Scottish mortality rates see a significant rise. Picture: Contributed

Concern over unexpected increase in Scottish mortality rates

Scotland has seen the most significant annual rise in deaths since the Second World War, according to new analysis, amid warnings of a hidden crisis in elderly care.

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Homecare for elderly could be plunged into 'crisis' over new living wage.

Elderly care ‘crisis’ looming over Living Wage

Homecare for elderly people in Scotland could be plunged into “crisis” amid concerns over a funding black hole, industry leaders have warned. They say the new living wage will threaten services and could even see some operators go under.

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Staffing issues have severely hampered the NHS. Picture: Jayne Wright

Lizzy Buchan: NHS staff pledge must become reality

The severity of the staffing issues gripping the NHS has become impossible to ignore.

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Obese Cilla with PDSA Vet Stephen Mcardle.

Fat dogs ‘more miserable’ than slimmer counterparts

It’s no secret that Scottish dogs are facing an obesity crisis, but now experts have warned that as well as being prone to health problems, overweight dogs are more miserable than their leaner counterparts.

Fernando Rickson.  Picture: Donald MacLeod / TSPL

Ex-Rangers player Fernando Ricksen launches MND fund

FORMER Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has announced he will launch a new foundation to raise funds for research into Motor Neurone Disease.

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Scotland faces ‘real’ NHS funding gap, doctors warn

The NHS funding gap is “just as real in Scotland” as other parts of the UK, the chairman of the organisation which represents doctors has warned.

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Scottish scientists who have uncovered a new link between Alzheimer's disease and diabetes.

Alzheimer’s and diabetes link pinpointed by study

Diabetes drugs could also be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, according to Scottish scientists who have uncovered a new link between the conditions.

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NHS dental registration is at a record high. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Nine out of ten Scots are now registered with a dentist

The number of people registered with an NHS dentist has reached record levels.

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Bed-blocking in Scottish hospitals appears to be on a downward trend. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Bed-blocking in Scottish hospitals continues to fall

Bed-blocking in Scottish hospitals remains on a downward trend, with seven per cent fewer delayed discharges than last year.

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E-cigarettes are acting as a 'roadblock' to tobacco take-up among young people.

E-cigarettes act as ‘roadblock’ to teen smoking

E-cigarettes are acting as a “roadblock” to tobacco take-up among young people, new research suggests.

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Nicola Sturgeon warns of Brexit’s impact on NHS

Nicola Sturgeon has warned leaving the European Union could jeopardise the NHS and workers’ rights as the countdown to the crunch referendum on the UK’s membership intensifies.

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Rachel Gibson from Broughty Ferry who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 26. Picture: Lesley Martin

Scottish breast cancer patient: ‘disease made me love life’

When 26-year-old Rachel Gibson visited her GP nearly three years ago with back, hip and stomach pain, breast cancer was the last thing on her mind.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reaffirms commitment to protect nursing bursary.

First Minister pledges to keep nursing bursary

Nicola Sturgeon has reaffirmed promises to keep free tuition and bursaries for trainee midwives and nurses in Scotland, during a speech at a major nursing conference in Glasgow.

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Figures from the Obesity Health Alliance compel attention in every household. Picture: PA

Leaders: Healthy habits begin in the home, not in new laws

We must stop hitting the snooze button and listen to the latest wake-up calls about the dangerous effects of obesity

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Food or fuel poverty has affected patients, nurses say. Picture: Getty Images

Nurses warn funding cuts putting public health at risk

Funding cuts to public services are putting the health of the public at risk, leading nurses have warned.

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