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Mexican tetra fish may offer heart repair clues

Mexican tetra fish may offer heart repair clues

A fish that can repair its heart may hold clues for future treatments in people, according to a study. Scientists studying the Mexican tetra fish found three areas of the fish genome were involved in its ability to regenerate heart tissue. One gene...

BBC, today, 02:03
 

Wards closed after increase in cases of winter vomiting bug

Dozens of Scots have been hospitalised and wards shut down following a recent spike in winter diarrhoea and vomiting bug cases. The latest figures from NHS Scotland show 24 people in Scotland required hospital treatment for confirmed or suspected...

Scotsman, yesterday, 21:13
 
Harvey's gang: 11-year-old haemophilia patient trades place with doctor

Harvey's gang: 11-year-old haemophilia patient trades place with doctor

"Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true," sums up a good lesson about life. Don't wish it away and if you get things you desire, there may be unpleasant circumstances. For 11-year-old James McGleenan, that old Chinese proverb worked...

BBC, yesterday, 16:27
 
The hospitals that 'never treat patients on time'

The hospitals that 'never treat patients on time'

Nearly one in five local hospital services are consistently failing to hit any of their key waiting-time targets, BBC analysis shows. Twenty-nine hospital trusts and boards out of 157 have not hit a single target for a whole year. Northern Ireland is...

BBC, yesterday, 12:47
 

Call for urgent Commons debate on wider access to medical cannabis

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has called for an urgent debate to be held in the House of Commons over the rigid guidelines governing the prescription of medical cannabis. After pressure from campaigners and MPs including Ms Jardine, the Home...

Scotsman, yesterday, 06:29
 

From the heart - student’s comic to help with grief

A comic created by a student in memory of her late father aimed at helping young people cope with grief is to be launched at an arts conference in Dundee tomorrow. PhD student Megan Sinclair’s free comic ‘Close to the Heart’ will star at a new...

Scotsman, yesterday, 06:29
 

Dr Adrian Davis: No trade-off between accidents and keeping traffic moving is the zero sum game

Listening to the ­traffic news is probably part of your morning routine. You tune in, if only to ensure ­nothing has happened which will disrupt your preferred road or rail route. News of an ‘accident’ on the City of Edinburgh bypass, the M72, A9, A82...

Scotsman, yesterday, 06:29
 
The crunch of an apple makes me want to run away

The crunch of an apple makes me want to run away

Margot Noel has a condition called misophonia, which literally means "hatred of sound". It can be so disturbing that she has to wear headphones or ear plugs to protect herself. Someone takes a bite out of an apple. There's a drawn-out crunch...

BBC, yesterday, 02:18
 
Hyponatraemia Inquiry: GMC investigates two doctors

Hyponatraemia Inquiry: GMC investigates two doctors

The General Medical Council is investigating two more doctors linked to the Hyponatraemia Inquiry. The inquiry examined the deaths of five children in Northern Ireland. Dr Heather Steen and Dr Robert Taylor were involved in the care of Claire Roberts...

BBC, Monday, 17:43
 
Blackpool hospital medic held over poisoning claims

Blackpool hospital medic held over poisoning claims

A healthcare professional at a hospital in Blackpool has been arrested over the alleged poisoning of patients. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust raised concerns over care to some patients on 8 November, Lancashire Police said. The...

BBC, Monday, 13:46
 
Peanut allergy treatment 'in sight'

Peanut allergy treatment 'in sight'

Peanut allergy can be beaten with a treatment that slowly builds up tolerance, a large study shows. None of nearly 500 four- to 17-year-olds from the US and Europe could tolerate even a 10th of a peanut. But after taking tiny daily doses for a year,...

BBC, Monday, 10:37
 
Hospital noise levels growing worse, say researchers

Hospital noise levels growing worse, say researchers

Noise levels in hospitals are getting worse, research suggests. Anyone who has ever stayed overnight in a hospital will know how difficult it can be to sleep, surrounded by staff, machinery, trolleys and telephones. In the UK, 40% of hospital patients...

BBC, Monday, 09:55
 
Alopecia patients call for NHS to fund real hair wigs

Alopecia patients call for NHS to fund real hair wigs

The NHS should fund real hair wigs for people with alopecia and better recognise the psychological impacts, people with the condition have said. Julie Mees was diagnosed more than two years ago after her mother noticed a bald patch the size of a coin...

BBC, Monday, 09:20
 

It’s time for Scots to turn down the heat 
and step away from their microwaves...

They are the time-saving gadgets which have divided opinion since they first came on the market in the 1960s. Now a Scottish chef has taken criticism of microwave ovens further by describing them as “the worst invention ever”. Graham Campbell, who in...

Scotsman, Monday, 06:12
 
Giving blood: 'We are reliant on blood donors to keep Henry alive'

Giving blood: 'We are reliant on blood donors to keep Henry alive'

Every blood donation "can save up to three lives", yet come December thousands miss vital appointments to give blood, as the festivities kick in. It can make a huge difference to patients like two-year-old Henry Alderson who needs blood...

BBC, Monday, 02:55
 
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