Teenage victims ‘more likely to self-harm’

Teenage victims ‘more likely to self-harm’

Image copyright Getty Images Teenagers who are victims of neglect, bullying, crime, family violence and sexual exploitation are more likely to self-harm and have suicidal thoughts, a study from King’s College London finds. The report says the picture is complex, with other pre-existing vulnerabilities like low self-esteem or an unsupportive home also playing a part. […]

‘Lost’ new mother dies in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

‘Lost’ new mother dies in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

Image caption Amanda Cox’s death is being treated as unexplained Investigations are taking place into the death of a new mother who is thought to have collapsed after getting lost inside Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Amanda Cox, who was 34 and from Peebles in the Borders, was reported missing on Monday after failing to return to […]

Temporary clinical waste measures put in place

Temporary clinical waste measures put in place

Image copyright Reuters Image caption HES was contracted to process clinical waste in Scotland until April 2019 Temporary storage is being put in place at NHS sites across Scotland to cope with a potential backlog of clinical waste, it has emerged. National Services Scotland (NSS) said it had taken responsibility for waste from every hospital, […]

Cervical screening error: More women affected

Cervical screening error: More women affected

Image copyright Science Photo Library An additional 3,591 women have not received information about NHS cervical cancer screening, it has emerged. Capita, the company contracted to send out the screening invitations, made the discovery while investigating an administrative error already known to have affected 40,000 women in England. NHS England says there is no evidence […]

Gene study unravels redheads mystery

Gene study unravels redheads mystery

Image copyright jam noorlander Eight genes linked to red hair have been discovered by scientists, helping to shed light on how redheads inherit their distinctive locks. The Edinburgh University-led research has been described as the largest genetic study of hair colour to date. It had been thought red hair was controlled by a single gene, […]

Puzzle solving ‘won’t stop mental decline’

Puzzle solving ‘won’t stop mental decline’

Image copyright Getty Images Doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku does not appear to protect against mental decline, according to a new study. The idea of “use it or lose it” when it comes to our brains in later life has previously been widely accepted. The new Scottish study showed that people who regularly do intellectual […]

‘Weigh-ins help prevent piling on pounds at Christmas’

‘Weigh-ins help prevent piling on pounds at Christmas’

Image copyright andriano_cz Image caption People who stood on the scales at least twice a week lost weight Regular weigh-ins at home, plus simple weight-loss tips, could prevent people from piling on the pounds at Christmas, according to a new study. The Universities of Birmingham and Loughborough divided 272 volunteers into two groups. The “intervention” […]

Transplanted organs gave patients cancer

Transplanted organs gave patients cancer

Image caption Tom Tyreman died in February from cancer The family of a man who died after receiving a liver transplant from a donor with undetected cancer has called for more thorough tests. Tom Tyreman, 63, from Stockton, initially recovered after the operation at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital a year ago, but died of cancer in […]

Push for more take-up of flu vaccine before Christmas

Push for more take-up of flu vaccine before Christmas

Image copyright Science Photo Library Public Health England (PHE) is urging pregnant women and those over 65 to get the flu jab, after a fall in take-up compared to this time last year. PHE said it was best to get the jab ahead of Christmas, before flu typically starts to circulate. Social gatherings can increase […]

NHS told to ditch ‘absurd’ fax machines

NHS told to ditch ‘absurd’ fax machines

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS will be banned from buying fax machines from next month – and has been told by the government to phase out the machines entirely by 31 March 2020. In July, the Royal College of Surgeons revealed nearly 9,000 fax machines were in use across the NHS in England. The […]