Scottish Health

Scottish Health

What is the value of the illegal drugs market in Scotland?

It was a bold claim heard by thousands of listeners on the BBC’s flagship morning news show. “We are the drugs market of Europe,” Labour MP David Lammy told the Today programme earlier this month.

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Cancer scientist Dr Zuzana Brabcova, left, who had radiotherapy and chemotherapy for cervical cancer diagnosed in 2016, and nurse Gaynor Williams-Hamilton, who survived breast cancer, were the VIP starters for the Race for Life at Glasgow Green yesterday. More than 7,000 women took part in the Cancer Research UK event. Picture: contributed

May backs AI research to cut cancer death toll by 22,000 within 15 years

Artificial intelligence will be harnessed to cut the number of cancer deaths by 22,000 within the next 15 years, Theresa May will say today in a pledge to back cutting-edge technology with new research funding.

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Jamie Oliver meets First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in London as she announces new measures to tackle childhood obesity (Picture: PA)

Stephen Jardine: Sturgeon looks set to go Dutch on obesity

Radical steps to cut obesity rates in Amsterdam have worked well, says Stephen Jardine.

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Scotland needs to prepare for rising cases of dementia

Jim Duffy: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest cannot be the future of dementia care

Cases of dementia are expected to soar in coming years so we need to prepare now, writes Jim Duffy.

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Doctors in Edinburgh have introduced a blood test that can identify different forms of diabetes and could see some patients come off insulin

New test could see diabetics off insulin jabs

Some patients with Type 1 diabetes could be able to come off insulin, thanks to a new blood test being used by doctors in Edinburgh.

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If you want to get out and about to get fit in Edinburgh, here are some clubs to try (Photo: Shutterstock)

9 outdoor fitness clubs to try in Edinburgh

If you find yourself putting off the gym because the weather is too nice, this one’s for you.

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Light exercise may be enough to cut your risk of premature death by almost 30 per cent. Picture: John Devlin

You don’t need to pull on trainers to stay healthy, finds study

Paying for a gym membership or owning a pair of trainers are not prerequisites for staying healthy, a study has found.

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The case is being heard at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. Picture: Toby Williams

Legal challenge over plans to allow women to take abortion drug

A lawyer has told a judge the Scottish Government’s plans to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home is “unlawful”.

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Ms Sturgeon confirmed today that Scotland will press ahead with a radical crackdown on the sale of junk foods

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland aims to halve childhood obesity by 2030

Nicola Sturgeon unveiled ambitious plans to halve childhood obesity in Scotland by 2030 as she met celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

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The study was commissioned by YouGov as Mental Health Awareness week was launched. Picture: TSPL

74 per cent of adults have suffered from stress, says poll

A survey has found 74 per cent of adults have in the last year been so stressed they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: SWNS

Nicola Sturgeon reveals how she deals with stress

Nicola Sturgeon has revealed how she copes with pressure, as she urged people to take steps to look after their mental health.

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Protesters in gas masks stage a 'die-in' amid claims Glasgow's plans to tackle air pollution are too weak (Picture: John Devlin)

Leader comment: Clearing the air for a healthier future

It is relatively easy to look back through history and point out where our ancestors were going wrong. How could people have forced young children to work from dawn to dusk in factories, denied voting rights to women, or almost cheerfully put up with smog so thick it was compared to pea soup?

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Shadow health secretary Miles Briggs. Picture: Greg Macvean

Seven drugs available in England but not Scotland, Holyrood hears

Seven drugs to treat patients with a range of conditions from cancer to muscular dystrophy are unavailable to Scottish patients despite being available south of the border, it has emerged.

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Ronald Russell was found by a neighbour 17 hours after making the 999 call. Picture: Margo Cassidy/Deadline News

Family release transcript after 999 call handler ‘hangs up’ on dying man

A family has released the transcript of a dying man’s 999 call which ended with staff hanging up and then failing to locate him.

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Stuart Murdoch. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Interview: Belle and Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch on coping with ME

There’s no doubt he’d balk at the idea of being described as a spokesman for a ‘lost generation’ but Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch is more than willing to lend a helping hand to people living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

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Brian McCormack has developed a device which has the potential to raise dwindling bowel cancer screening test returns. Picture: JP

Scots inventor aims to improve cancer screening with FlushAway device

He’s a former coal miner turned inventor on a mission to improve ­cancer detection rates while ­helping the environment at the same time.

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Pupils from St Ninian's Primary in Stirling take part in the Daily Mile with researchers who studied the practice (Picture: Elaine Livingstone)

Leader comment: Scotland can still rise now and be a Daily Mile Nation

Nearly two-thirds of Scots are over-weight or obese, costing the economy up to £4.6 billion a year

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Picture: Friday's pollen count, Met Office

Hay fever: The UK areas worst hit by pollen – and how to ease symptoms

While many of us have been enjoying the chance to get out the barbecue, the glorious hot weather this week has spelt bad news for the millions of hay fever sufferers in the UK

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NHS Tayside's Ninewells Hospital where the tragedy took place.

Doctor caused Scots baby to be decapitated in womb during delivery, inquiry told

A consultant gynaecologist caused an unborn baby to be accidentally decapitated inside her mother’s womb as she carried out a delivery on a Scottish NHS maternity unit, a medical tribunal heard today.

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Researchers studying nearly 400 pupils found those doing The Daily Mile ran on average 39.1 metres more on a bleep test shuttle run than a control school. Picture: TSPL

Scotland’s Daily Mile scheme could ‘improve child fitness worldwide’

Governments around the world should consider introducing school fitness scheme The Daily Mile to improve the health of children, new research suggests.

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