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Exercise “prescription” boosts brain power in the over 50s

Taking exercise for at least 45 minutes several times a week can boost brain power in the over-50s, research suggests.

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New Maggie’s Centre in Larbert opens thanks to Moonwalk

Up to 15,000 people in the Forth Valley area living with cancer could benefit from a brand new Maggie’s Centre in Larbert.

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Fears have been raised over bed blocking in Edinburgh hospitals. Picture; Greg Macvean

Fears over bed blocking as delayed discharges double

THE number of patients left waiting in hospital when well enough to go home has almost doubled in Edinburgh over the past year, new figures reveal.

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Obesity is now the top cause of preventable life-years lost. Picture: PA Photo/JupiterImages Corporation.

Obesity ‘causes more deaths than smoking’

Obesity now causes more premature deaths than smoking, suggests new research.

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The 10 mile event makes its way through the Meadows, Edinburgh. Picture Toby Williams.

Thousands take part in Great Edinburgh Run

THOUSANDS of runners pounded the Capital’s streets today in the annual Great Edinburgh Run.

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Fernando Ricksen. Picture: JP licence.

Rangers legend Fernando Ricksen: I can’t tell my girl I have MND

Rangers star Fernando Ricksen has revealed he can’t bear the thought of telling his young daughter that he is battling motor neurone disease.

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Claire Thakray, left, and Trish Deykin have welcomed the research.

Major breakthrough in search for cause of MS

A major new discovery has been made towards finding the cause of multiple sclerosis, potentially paving the way for fresh treatments.

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Drinking four cups of coffee a day doesn't carry any risk to health, new research has found. Picture: Contributed

Four cups of coffee a day ‘carries no risk to health’

Drinking up to four cups of coffee a day carries no risk to health, according to new research.

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The Hemp Eyewear brand has five styles, which can be fitted with prescription lenses. The hemp frames are formed in a compression moulding process then coated in eco-friendly resin.

High hopes for sunglasses made from cannabis plants

Fields of cannabis could soon be carpeting the Borders countryside if ambitious new plans get off the ground.

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Katherine McMahon realised she had to exercise to be healthy. Picture: Neil Hanna

‘Fat’ feminist jogger defies PE class persecutors

A performance poet who was targeted by bullies while at primary school for being overweight has written a show about how she turned to “fat activism” and then to running to challenge the notion that slim always means healthy.

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Electron micrograph of Clostridium difficile bacteria, which is costing NHS Scotland more than �8.5 million a year. Photograph: CDC/Phanie /Rex Features

Infection diseases expert urges GPs to use instant antibiotics test

One of Scotland’s top experts on infectious diseases is calling for GPs to be given access to a test that determines immediately if patients need antibiotics.

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A swift one after work  or even during it  used to be automatically an alcoholic  drink but increasingly a pint or a cocktail is being replaced by a lemonade, and more often than not,  that is by choice.

Jane Bradley: It happened quickly, not drinking has become acceptable

Where once it was socially perverse to abstain from drinking, it is now becoming a norm, as Jane Bradley discovers.

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Sex education is an integral part of the curriculum, according to a government spokeswoman. Picture: Getty Images

Consent needs to be taught as part of sex education, says MSP

The issue of consent should be a statutory part of sex education in Scotland’s schools, an MSP has said.

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Online patients using the NHS24 website were seeking information on conditions ranging from flu to and joint ache. Picture: Getty Images

Scots look up muscle and bone injuries most on NHS 24 website

New figures released by NHS 24 reveal that anxious Scots looking for health information online look at the category including muscle, bone and joint injuries more than any other conditions.

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Simon Wetherell, Co-op Director of Facilities Management; Divisional Managing Director John McNeill; Chrisetta Mitchell, The Leanne Fund; Macaulay Road Store Manager, Steven Cooper and Cromwell Street Store Manager Steven Macphail. Picture: Contributed

Stornoway charity launches new service for CF youngsters

A STORNOWAY charity has launched a new project aimed at helping young people with Cystic Fibrosis moving to university or college.

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C. difficile infection is putting greater pressure on the NHS and hospital beds. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

C. difficile infection puts Scots at greater risk of death

The extra impact from 
C. difficile infection is putting patients at higher risk of death, leading to thousands of ­hospital beds being occupied and costing the NHS in Scotland more than £8.5 million a year.

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Drinks with artificial sweeteners were examined in the US study. Picture: Getty Images

Consuming diet drink everyday ‘increases stroke risk’

People who consume diet drinks every day are almost three times more likely to suffer a stroke or dementia, research has suggested.

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The exercise obtained from getting on your bike has significant health benefits.

Kevan Christie: Cycling is healthy but it does carry other risks

The news today that cycling to work can cut your risk of premature death by 40 per cent should provide a boost to calls for the Scottish Government to increase investment in new initiatives aimed at pollution-free transport.

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Edinburgh University Medical School. Researchers will join a UK-wide team investigating dementia. Picture: TSPL

Edinburgh researchers join £250m dementia project

Researchers from Edinburgh University are part of a £250 million project to combat dementia.

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Get on your bike and live longer is the message from researchers who looked at cancer and heart disease. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Cycling to work cuts cancer and heart disease risk in half

Using your bike to get to work could cut the risk of developing cancer and heart disease by almost half according to new research.

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