Scottish Huntington’s disease patients missing out on care

Scottish patients with an incurable neurological condition are facing patchy access to specialist care, campaigners have warned.

Michael Young, who petitioned to receive a muscular dystrophy drug. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Plea for ‘national debate’ on who gets NHS cancer drugs

The NHS in Scotland is struggling to understand which patients should receive new life-extending cancer drugs, a key Scottish Government health adviser has admitted.

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An image of E. Coli bacteria

Ecoli-linked cheese firm can retain product stocks

A cheese producer linked to an E.coli outbreak has been told it does not have to destroy stock withdrawn from sale by a food watchdog.

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Experts are consulting on whether the NHS could offer cancer patients the right to freeze their eggs and sperm ahead of treatment.

Scots cancer patients could get fertility help on NHS

High-level talks are due to begin over giving cancer patients the chance to freeze their eggs and sperm on the NHS, in case their fertility is damaged by treatment, The Scotsman has learned.

The Court of Session has ruled in favour of the Scottish government's minimum pricing policy for alcohol

Leader comment: Alcohol problem must be tackled right now

Scotland’s world-wide reputation as a hard-drinking nation is unenviable and not really one we want to carry through the 21st century.

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A store selling medical cannabis in Denver, Colorado. SNP delegates have backed a motion in support of the drug being used for medical conditions. Picture: Wikicommons

Home Office rules out SNP call for medicinal cannabis use

The legalisation of cannabis for medical use in Scotland remains unlikely, despite winning the backing of the SNP conference in Glasgow.

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Top nurses have warned that Scotland is heading for a "perfect storm" within the nursing and midwifery workforce.

Nursing union warns of ‘perfect storm’ in Scottish workforce

Nursing leaders have warned that a “perfect storm” caused by ageing staff, rising demand and the unknown impact of Brexit could put patient care at risk.

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A proposed 50p per unit price will 'reduce consumption', according to Court of Session judges. Picture: John Devlin

SNP wins alcohol minimum price court battle

The Scottish Government has won its legal battle to introduce alcohol minimum pricing in Scotland after the Court of Session today kicked out an objection by the drinks industry.

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Elaine Lennon and her daughter Carrie Lennon Stand Up To Cancer. Picture: Contributed

Scots cancer survivor and daughter make stand to save lives

CARING Elaine Lennon is urging all Scots to Stand Up To Cancer as she battles through treatment for the disease.

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Kirsty and friend Scott after run. Picture: Contributed

Sister’s tribute to brother to raise funds for charity

A SCOTS woman who lost her brother to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome is raising funds in a bid to save more lives and prevent other families from the ‘living hell’ they have endured after their devastating loss.

Alcohol on sale in Scotland. Picture: John Devlin

Judges to announce ruling on Scottish minimum alcohol price

A judgement is expected this morning on whether the Scottish Government’s legislation to raise the minimum price of alcohol can be introduced in Scotland.

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Aberdeen legend Joe Harper will take part in 40th anniversary event.

AFC 1976 stars reuniting for first time to support charity

ABERDEEN Football Club legends are reuniting from across the globe at a charity lunch this month.

Bed push campaign taking place in Caithness. Picture: Contributed

Caithness bed push aims to highlight hospital downgrade

PROTESTORS are to do a hospital bed push in a demonstration against the downgrading of health services at a Highland hospital.

Ava Stark, 3, from Lochgelly has inherited bone marrow failure. A campaign is underway to help find a bone marrow donor. Picture: Contributed

Almost 50,000 sign up to help save life of Fife toddler Ava

Almost 50,000 people have signed up to donate stem cells in a bid to save the life of a three-year-old girl in Fife.

Former Scotland captain Andy Nicol was a product of Panmure Rugby Club. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Tom Peterkin: Team sport ethos is vanishing in Scotland

Distractions must be overcome to secure the future of long-established sports clubs writes Tom Peterkin

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GP recruitment is still an issue despite new funding promises.

Lizzy Buchan: New funding is welcome but GP recruitment is still an issue

The First Minister’s announcement to the SNP conference that GP funding would be boosted to 11 per cent is extremely welcome but long overdue.

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Top doctors have called for compulsory education for trainees around exercise and nutrition.

Future doctors need training on exercise and nutrition

Doctors are calling for mandatory training on nutrition and physical activity for future medics as Scottish research found only 10 per cent of students felt qualified to give patients advice on exercise.

Helen Fowler. Picture: Julie Bull

Helen Fowler: MS and the importance of family support

THE importance of family lies at the heart of Ian Fleming’s Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang.

Mike Cavanagh cuts the ribbon for the new home life. Picture: Contributed

Elevator gives Edinburgh sheltered housing residents a lift

AN Edinburgh housing development has unveiled a modern new lift which will boost the independence of residents as well as accessibility of the building.

Joanna Marshall was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer in March 2015.

Calls for better lung cancer care in Scotland

Calls have been made for “drastic improvements” to lung cancer care as five-year survival rates for Scottish lung cancer patients lag behind the rest of Europe.

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