Scotland's first dementia strategy unveiled amid concerns over resources

Campaigners have welcomed Scotland’s first dementia strategy – but say it must be backed with commitment and resources if it is to work. The strategy...

Should we pity hospitals when an inspector calls?

You’ve got to feel a bit sorry for Glasgow’s Western Infirmary. Last week the hospital was in the news for all the wrong reasons...

A convent truth? New research advises nuns to go on the pill

Is the Lancet really trying to wind up the Pope just as he approaches one of his busiest times of the year? The venerable...

Eye risk of liquid detergent capsules

Doctors have warned that liquid capsules of fabric detergents should be kept out of reach of young children following a wave of eye injuries. The...

The secret of a long and happy sex life? Be healthy and be a...

Men and women are living longer than ever before, but are they still having sex? Yes, say researchers in the US, but how often, and...

Alcohol: Ban on Multi-buy Promotions Works

Offers like these are banned in Scotland The Scottish Parliament passed the Alcohol Act in October 2011. A key part of the legislation was a...

Going into hospital in August? You’d be ill-advised

If you want to improve your chances of surviving a visit to hospital, best wait until September. That’s the implicit message from the Royal College...

Performance targets set for mental health services

By Stuart Crawford The Scottish Government has just announced its performance targets for access to mental health services in the NHS. These HEAT targets...

'Jade Goody effect' on cervical cancer awareness fading

It’s less than 18 months since reality TV contestant Jade Goody died of cervical cancer, but already public health experts fear the impact on...

Weight loss surgery 'helps pregnant women'

Obese women can cut their risks of serious complications in pregnancy by undergoing weight-loss surgery, according to American researchers. Being obese, particularly extremely obese, raises...