Universal heart screening 'not cost effective'

The Scottish Government has been urged to think again about its plans to introduce universal heart health checks for the over-40s following research which...

Spiders, holes and white horses: old remedies for whooping cough

By Betty Kirkpatrick Herbal remedies and other complementary therapies continue to have the support of a great many people even in the face of...

Scary monsters, super creeps: Danny Boyle on the NHS

Children’s literature and the NHS – Danny Boyle could hardly have come up with a better wheeze to capture my interest (unless he’d thrown...

Call for more action to stop damage of illegal tobacco

Campaigners are calling for a national framework to help protect Scotland from the damage caused by illicit tobacco. The Scottish Tobacco Control Alliance says today...

Man flu is a myth – make way for ‘young person’s flu’

This time last week I was lying in bed, cuddling a hot water bottle and croaking weakly that another cup of fruit tea would...

SNP HEALTH REFORMS ARE TICK BOX TIMID

By John Knox It is one small step, when what is required is a giant leap. The SNP government’s Adult Health and Social Care...

Nominations open for controversial health board elections

Nominations have opened for the “other” elections coming up in Scotland – this time, to pick people who will sit on their local health...

Patients prefer pills to chocolate to treat high blood pressure

File it under strange, but apparently true. According to researchers, patients, when given the choice, prefer to treat blood pressure with pills, than with...

Confessions of a self-help junkie

By Nick Thorpe I am in recovery from a long-standing addiction. While others may secretly gorge on chocolate or swig from a bottle hidden in...

Energy drinks ‘give competitive edge’ to young

Taking energy drinks when playing in team sports may give young people a competitive advantage, according to research from Edinburgh. Sports scientists have found that...