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Leader comment: Health service without doctors is not worthy of the name

An array of different pressures have combined to create a crisis for the NHS in Scotland. An array of different pressures have combined to create a crisis for the NHS in Scotland. And one of the most significant is a growing shortage of doctors....

Scotsman, yesterday, 09:52
 

Kevan Christie: Judge politicians and officials by ability, not BMI

The public shaming of NHS Scotland’s chief executive and our new Health Secretary – who were told to quit their bad habits and “practice what they preach” – overstepped the mark in terms of intruding into people’s private lives. No doubt, Tam Fry,...

Scotsman, yesterday, 09:52
 
World's biggest tobacco firm under fire over 'disgraceful' PR stunt

World's biggest tobacco firm under fire over 'disgraceful' PR stunt

The world’s biggest tobacco firm has been accused of staging “a digraceful PR stunt” by offering to help NHS staff quit smoking to help mark the service’s 70th birthday. Philip Morris International (PMI), which makes Marlboro cigarettes, is under fire...

Guardian, yesterday, 09:51
 
'It destroyed the girl she was': the toll of pregnancy on Paraguay's children

'It destroyed the girl she was': the toll of pregnancy on Paraguay's children

When she took her 10-year-old daughter to hospital suffering stomach cramps and vomiting, Rosana had little idea of the ordeal ahead. Several clinics had prescribed medicine for stomach parasites. One diagnosed a tumour. But a scan showed that the...

Guardian, yesterday, 09:51
 
Boys should get HPV jab to protect against cancer, health advisers say

Boys should get HPV jab to protect against cancer, health advisers say

An injection that protects against cervical cancer should be given to boys as well as girls, advisers have told health ministers. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended a “gender-neutral” vaccination programme to...

Guardian, yesterday, 02:49
 
Autistic people wait years for diagnosis in some parts of England

Autistic people wait years for diagnosis in some parts of England

People with suspected autism are being forced to wait more than two years to be assessed and almost four years to receive their diagnosis, new NHS performance figures have revealed. The long delays have been criticised as “scandalous” by the former...

Guardian, Wednesday, 21:12
 
How disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield was embraced by Trump's America

How disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield was embraced by Trump's America

There cannot be many doctors as thoroughly discredited and ostracised as Andrew Wakefield has been in the UK who are subsequently seen smiling at the inauguration ball of a US president and later discovered to be dating the Australian model Elle...

Guardian, Wednesday, 21:12
 
Asthma deaths rise 25% amid growing air pollution crisis

Asthma deaths rise 25% amid growing air pollution crisis

A record number of people are dying of asthma, and experts have warned growing air pollution and a lack of basic care could be to blame. In England and Wales 1,320 people died of asthma last year, a sharp rise of more than 25% over a decade, according...

Guardian, Wednesday, 21:12
 
Patients face autism referral and assessment 'lottery'

Patients face autism referral and assessment 'lottery'

Children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. National guidelines state that the process of diagnosis should start within three months of being referred....

BBC, Wednesday, 21:04
 
HPV jab should be given to boys, committee says

HPV jab should be given to boys, committee says

A jab that protects against a virus that causes cervical cancer should also be given to boys, an advisory committee has recommended. The HPV vaccine is routinely offered to girls aged 12 to 13 at secondary school and is free up until they turn 18. Now...

BBC, Wednesday, 21:04
 
Holly Greenhow: Girl with cerebral palsy gets £15m NHS payout

Holly Greenhow: Girl with cerebral palsy gets £15m NHS payout

A girl whose brain was starved of oxygen before her birth at a hospital has been awarded more than £15m in damages from the NHS. Holly Greenhow, 12, has had cerebral palsy since she was born at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in 2005. Her family's lawyers...

BBC, Wednesday, 21:04
 
Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams 'proudly' seeking mental health help

Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams 'proudly' seeking mental health help

Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams says she has "sought help" for the good of her mental health. The 37-year-old has previously spoken about being depressed and "suicidal". In an Instagram post, Michelle said that as a mental...

BBC, Wednesday, 21:04
 

Defence cuts leading to ‘more veterans with PTSD being left to sleep rough’

Cuts to the armed forces’ budget means opportunities to help serving personnel, especially those needing extra support, prepare for leaving the services are very limited, the shadow Scotland minister has said. Cuts to the armed forces’ budget means...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 21:04
 
Menopause: Lack of specialist care 'limits treatments'

Menopause: Lack of specialist care 'limits treatments'

A mother who started the menopause at 29 said she had to "just get on with it" because of a lack of specialist care in Wales. When Helen Owen, from Wrexham, had a hysterectomy due to endometriosis, she went into surgical menopause. She said...

BBC, Wednesday, 00:53
 
Omega-3 no protection against heart attack or strokes, say scientists

Omega-3 no protection against heart attack or strokes, say scientists

The widespread belief that taking omega-3 capsules will help protect you from a heart attack, stroke or early death is wrong, according to a large and comprehensive review of the evidence. Thousands of people take omega-3 supplements regularly and for...

Guardian, Wednesday, 00:41
 
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