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Scots GPs warn rising workloads may affect patient care

Patients could be put at risk by stretched GPs as a stark survey reveals more than nine out of 10 Scottish GPs believe their workload is impacting on patient care.

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Women may be giving up on taking the breast cancer drug tamoxifen due to naturally occurring side effects.

Breast cancer drug ‘unfairly blamed’ for side effects

Women may be abandoning a life-saving breast cancer drug due to mistaking naturally occuring symptoms for harmful side effects, new research suggests.

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Spike in children using foodbanks in Renfrewshire

The number of children relying on food banks in one council area has jumped by almost a quarter in just three months.

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Trial results have shown antibodies produced by the immune system could be used as a diagnostic tool. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

New blood test could aid spotting early signs of lung cancer

A potentially life-saving blood test has been developed that may allow doctors to spot signs of lung cancer up to five years before the disease shows up on traditional scans.

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New standards have been drawn up to reduce the number of deaths of pregnant and new mothers from heart disease.

Call for action on heart disease deaths in Scottish mothers

Leading doctors have called for better care for pregnant women and new mothers with heart disease in Scottish hospitals, after a major UK report flagged rising numbers of mothers dying from cardiac problems.

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A Conservative MP said Chinese medice could be used to treat cancer. Picture: TSPL STAFF.

Tory MP: Traditional Chinese medicine can treat cancer and HIV

Chinese herbal medicine can help treat cancers and HIV, a Conservative MP has said.

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The Bookbug mascot with author and illustrator Catherine Rayner at Vogrie Country Park.

Bookbug toys recalled amid safety fears

THE Scottish Book Trust has called for the removal of wooden toys from its toddler Bookbug bags amid safety fears.

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A poor diet - such as consuming fizzy drinks - is one of the complex factors around obesity in children.

Leader comment: One small step towards healthier youngsters

Research shows that children are more influenced by advertising than adults, so any restrictions on advertising for children will have a disproportionately positive effect. That’s just one reason why new rules on advertising food high in fat, salt and sugar are to be welcomed.

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Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell attends a CPR training event at Beeslack High School

Lizzy Buchan: Join us to help save lives by learning CPR

If someone lay prostrate on the ground before you, not breathing and rapidly changing colour, what would you do?

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Flickering light in the eyes could form the basis of a breakthrough Alzheimers treatment. Picture: PA

Alzheimer’s could be stopped by light into eyes, say scientists

Flickering light in the eyes could form the basis of a breakthrough Alzheimer’s treatment with the potential to halt or even reverse the disease, research has shown.

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Figures show that nearly a third of children in Scotland are at risk of being overweight or obese. Picture: Getty Images

Junk food advertising ban aims to tackle childhood obesity

JUNK food advertising will be banned on all children’s media in tough new regulations to crack down on childhood obesity.

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The penguin parade at Edinburgh Zoo has been a popular fixture there since 1951.

Edinburgh Zoo penguin parade shelved over bird flu scare

Edinburgh Zoo has been forced to axe its popular penguin parade - over bird flu fears.

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Concerns have been raised over lengthy waits for mental health treatment.

Mental health treatment in Scotland branded ‘a disgrace’

Mental health treatment has been branded “a national disgrace” as hundreds of vulnerable children and adults waited too long to get help.

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Drugs giant Pfizer has been handed a record fine by the competition watchdog. Picture: Mark Lennihan/AP

Pfizer fined £84m over ‘unfair’ epilepsy drug pricing

Drugs groups Pfizer and Flynn Pharma have been fined nearly £90 million for “excessive and unfair” pricing to the NHS after hiking the cost of an anti-epilepsy drug by up to 2,600 per cent.

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Nursing leaders have raised concern over vacancy rates in the workforce.

Concern over nurse vacancy rates in Scottish NHS

Nursing leaders have warned of an uncertain winter as vacancy rates soared to the highest level in five years.

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Derek Louititt received 40 blood and 30 platelet donations after developing leukaemia. Picture: SNS Group

Paramedic makes plea for others to give blood and save lives

A paramedic whose life has been saved by at least 70 people after developing leukaemia has urged others to give blood and save more lives.

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Caley Thistle goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams gets his beard pulled by Lakeisha Lapsley and Eilidh Smith during launch of Beards for Bairns. Picture: Contributed

Highland footballers ditch razors for kids charity

INVERNESS Caledonian Thistle players are hoping to score for a children’s charity this winter by ditching their razors.

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1000s of Scots cancer sufferers set for lonely Christmas

Thousands of cancer patients in Scotland will be lonely this Christmas and New Year, according to a survey for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Chemotherapy drug users were found to have more young eggs. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Edinburgh scientists find cancer drug to help women grow eggs

A common cancer treatment could help women to grow new eggs, new research suggests.

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Scientists have detected early signs of Alzheimer's, which they claim could improve diagnosis of the disease.

Aberdeen scientists spot early Alzheimer’s signs

Early signs of Alzheimer’s have been discovered together for the first time, paving the way for better diagnosis of the disease, Scottish scientists say.

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