Leader comment: Hospital closures must not increase risk to the vulnerable

The closure of a public service facility is almost always a matter of controversy and regret, particularly if the cause of loss is a lack of sufficient resource to maintain viability.

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Picture: Neil Hanna

Hospitals and NHS facilities ‘may need to be axed’

Senior medical leaders in Scotland have warned that hospitals and services may have to go if the NHS is to make the best use of scarce resources.

Terminally ill Charlie Gard will now be moved to palliative care.

Leader comment: Tragic case of Charlie Gard

The heartbreaking case of Charlie Gard offered little prospect of a happy ending, with the odds always heavily stacked against what would have been little short of a medical miracle to save the terminally ill baby.

Capital Sci-Fi Con 2018 launch. Picture: Supplied

Sci-Fi Convention makes a return to Edinburgh to help CHAS

A TWO-DAY sci-fi convention is returning to Edinburgh for the third year running - with all proceeds going to a children’s charity.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
The SWA appeal is the latest stage in a long-running legal battle over minimum pricing. Picture: PA

Minimum alcohol pricing on its way ‘as soon as practicable’

Health secretary Shona Robison said the Scottish Government plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol “as quickly as is practicable” as the policy came under attack at the UK’s highest court.

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Chris Gard (L) reads out a statement while Charlie's mother Connie Yates (R) looks on. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Charlie Gard’s parents end legal battle over treatment

Charlie Gard’s parents have ended their legal fight over treatment for their terminally-ill baby son, saying: “We are sorry we could not save you.”

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Charlie Gard's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard arrive at court. Picture: PA

Charlie Gard’s parents back in court to decide baby’s future

Charlie Gard’s parents are preparing to return to court for a hearing at which the terminally-ill baby’s future could be decided.

Two thirds of UK mothers-to-be have no idea how many extra calories they need during pregnancy. Picture: PA

Pregnant women warned against ‘eating for two’ myth

Pregnant women who believe in the “eating for two” myth risk harming the health of themselves and their babies, experts have warned.

Plans to make it simpler for transgender people to choose their legal sex have been welcomed. Picture; Getty

Scotland to boost right to choose own legal gender

Plans to make it more simple for transgender people to choose their legal sex have been welcomed by equal rights campaigners in Scotland.

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Quadruple amputee Corinne Hutton, 47, from Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire, has achieved a momentous feat by completing a super-sprint distance challenge at this year's London Triathlon.

Scotland’s ‘bionic mum’ battles agony to finish triathlon

A brave Scotswoman who lost both her hands and feet after suffering a near-fatal illness has defied agony to cross the finish line at the world’s largest triathlon event.

Glasgow & Strathclyde
Elder care nurse playing jigsaw puzzle with senior woman in nursing home

Expert attacks ‘rush’ to diagnose Scots with early dementia

A leading psychiatrist for older adults has criticised a Scottish Government dementia strategy which he claims was based on meeting targets and led to unethical behaviour in a rush to diagnose patients with “early Alzheimer’s disease”.

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Charlie Gard's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard who are considering their next steps ahead of the latest High Court hearing in a five-month legal battle over whether the terminally-ill baby should be treated by a specialist in America.  Picture; PA

Charlie Gard: Parents considering ‘next steps’

Charlie Gard’s parents are considering their next steps ahead of the latest High Court hearing in a five-month legal battle over whether the terminally-ill baby should be treated by a specialist in America.


Leader: Early support must follow diagnosis of dementia

Diagnosis of dementia is far from an exact science, and symptoms can present long before the condition is confirmed.

New rules on blood donation  which also apply to sex workers  could be introduced by November

More gays and bisexuals allowed to give blood

Changes making it easier for gay and bisexual men to give blood have been announced by the Scottish Government.

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Curbs on junk food ads might ease the situation. Photograph: Getty

Obesity crisis behind 150 fire service calls

Firefighters have been called out to help more than 150 overweight people since 2013, prompting calls from the Scottish Liberal Democrats for early intervention to tackle obesity.

News 1
A failure to  wash hands after a visit to the toilet can spark a far-reaching chain of events if germs are then spread from the carrier to others

Jane Bradley: Time to come clean over hygiene

Too often we only wash our hands of responsibility, says Jane Bradley

Opinion 2
Ranting about politics and posting too many selfies are both big no-nos on social media, according to research. Picture: Contributed

Revealed: The top 25 social media ‘sins’

Too many selfies, ranting about politics and ‘Liking’ your own profile picture have been named as some of the deadliest social media sins, according to research.

Helen Fowler. Picture: Julie Bull

Helen Fowler: Eilean Donan Castle and MS don’t mix

THE ticket clerk refuses to take any money from me for my visit to Eilean Donan Castle

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
The family of Charlie Gard are facing another legal battle. Picture; PA

Charlie Gard: Parents preparing for latest legal fight

Charlie Gard’s parents are preparing for the latest stage of their legal fight over treatment for the terminally ill baby.

Maintaining independence and dignity is the key to a happy old age

Vat free help for mobility items

It is estimated that over five million people of pensionable age in the UK suffer from some type of mobility issue according to the Disabled Living Foundation. This is a sad statistic, considering that a lot of those people may not be provided with adequate products to help assist with immobility.

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