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Scots Had The Lowest Life Expectancy In UK

The Scottish effect is said to contribute to the low life expectancy of Scottish people who have an average lifetime of 69.3 years which is the lowest in United Kingdom where the countries average life expectancy stands at 77 years for men and 81 years for women//. ....The low life expectancy of the working class of Scottish people is said to be due to increased smoking and lack of exercise which...

Historic Increase In Incidence Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases In Scotland

The number of HIV cases in Scotland last year reached the highest figure over the past two decades according to an NHS report, the preliminary work of which started in 1986.// In view of increasing HIV testing, nearly 364 new cases were identified in 2004 alone. ..The incidence of other sexually transmitted infections also showed a considerable increase with the number of cases diagnosed with...

Scottish Children Have Worst Dental Health In Europe

A new research has found that Scotland's kids continue to have the worst dental health in Europe with over 75 percent of the country's overall dental problems found in children aged less than five years.// ..The NHS has taken serious note of this and has asked parents to start their kids off on healthy dental habits at an early age to prevent dental decay. It is generally accepted that decayed b...

Relaxation In Donor’s Age for Blood Donation in Scotlan

It has been predicted by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) that winter would experience an acute shortage of blood and blood derived products. In an attempt to manage this crisis, it has been proposed to increase the maximum age for blood donation from 60 to 66 years. // ..There has been a steady decline in the number of blood donations since 1999. The following move is expected to incre...

Smoking Ban Believed To Enjoy Widespread Public Acceptance In Scotland

There has been an increasing tendency by citizens of Scotland to give up smoking on a voluntary basis. If this healthy trend were to continue, it would mean a less trouble for the Government// that hopes to impose a public ban on smoking the following year. ..The number of people who call up the smoking help line has infact increased by a margin of over 2000 in the current year. This is much mor...

Scotland faces shortage of dentists questioning the dental facilities

Scotland stated that it would provide free dental service to all the people, but this statement was questioned when statistics revealed that not enough dentist were available at the NHS.// ..More than a million Scots have not registered with an NHS dentist because they don’t have any access to one. Statistics reported that 41% of children are not registered with an NHS doctor in Grampian and Hig...

More Drug Addicts In Scotland Seek Treatment

The increased investment made by the Government in treating drug addicts is beginning to yield results in Scotland, with as many as 14,000 new drug users seeking treatment in 2004. Heroin users accounted for 8,000 of this figure. //This amounts to a 10% increase in the number of people trying to get back to normal life. ....The Scottish Drug Misuse Database revealed the figures, which also said...

Scottish Health Minister Launches Organ Donor Plan

Scottish Health Minister, Andy Kerr has urged to increase awareness of organ donation among his country people as it could save lot of human loss dying // due to organ failure and non-availability of organ donors. Organ failure of heart and liver causes heavy human loss of young people and their lives depend on organ transplantation. The Ministry is popularizing the usage of Donor cards and regi...

State-of-the-art Heart and lung unit at Scotland by 2007

Scotland will have a state-of-the-art heart and lung treatment centre at Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank, which will centralise heart and lung surgery for patients across the west of Scotland.// ..As the largest specialist unit in the UK, it will also be a national centre for heart transplants. ..It is estimated that 10,000 procedures a year will be performed at the centre, including 15 hea...

New Treat And Teach Program To Modernize Dental Services in Scotland

In an attempt to strike a balance between clinical practice and learning, it has been proposed to increase the funding from the Scottish Executive to modernize the existing dental practices. //This unique program would enable simultaneous training of dentists and the treatment of patients. ......A sum of £30m would be allocated towards promotion of the cause, according an announcement by the exe...

Scots Do Not Have Access To Proper Dental Care

An investigation conducted by the Scotsman has revealed that as many as 250,000 Scots are unable to access emergency dental care, particularly during weekends. // The Scottish Executive's Health Department had drawn up an emergency care plan which is yet to be implemented by the NHS. As much as £1.5 million has been allocated for this. The situation is reported to particularly bad in the country’...

Haggis listed as restricted food in Scotland

Scottish Health officials have warned that their National dish ‘Haggis’ had an increased fat diet which the officials feels can increase the obesity in their people. Scottish people are now facing a high risk of getting obese and the health officials has said //that children’s should not have Haggis not more than once in a week. ....Haggis is a Traditional food which is prepared from lung, liver...

Superbug Claims More Lives In Scotland

There has been a tenfold increase in the number of patients who have succumbed to the superbug during the course of the last eight years. // During the year 2004 alone, the Clostridium difficile claimed as many as 98 lives in Scotland alone, when compared to the 1997 figure of 10 causalities. The stomach bug is a purely a hospital-acquired killer. ....The opposition party in the UK has insisted...

Shortage of dentists in Scotland

Statistics show that there are relatively a very small number of dentists who graduate from the dental schools stay in Scotland to treat the patients. // This trend is on the rise and the health officials fear that his is due to the National Health Service (NHS) funding for the dental services. ....Many dental graduates are out of job due to this activity of the NHS. In 2003 it was only 1% of th...

Planning Permission Delayed In Scotland

A new survey conducted by the Scottish Executive revealed that around 20,000 applications from across Scotland were held up. A large number of people have witnessed delays // in the processing of their application in order to get a planning permission for home improvements. .. According to the latest figures from the planning audit unit, out of the 32 authorities meant for this purpose only Cla...

Generation Scotland To Examine Relation Between Lifestyle, Genetics and Health

Researchers in Scotland are planning to recruit 50,000 people as a part of a large study called as Generation Scotland. The study aims to examine the relationship // between lifestyle and genetics as regards the health of an individual. ..The study is to be spread over two decades and is one of the largest healthcare projects in the UK. Doctors say that they are hoping to create a large pool of...

Public Health awareness to help scientists in Scotland!

A grand and ambitious project launched in Scotland, called, Generation Scotland would look at the ways genetic and lifestyle factors cause cancer, heart disease and mental // illness. ....The driving forces behind this mega project are Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. ....The aim of the project is to follow the health of 50,000 Scots family members over the next generatio...

Biocon To Raise Its Investment In Scotland

Biocon, an Indian biotechnology company will raise its investments in Scotland which is seen to be an emerging destination for clinical development of drugs. Biocon is reported to already have // a close relationship with life sciences organizations in Scotland. There are more than 550 life sciences organizations in Scotland, employing more than 26,500 people. Scotland will serve to fill the ga...

Scotland Ranked As Sickest Area Of UK: Survey

A health survey that probed into analysis of the nation's well being has revealed Scotland to be the top scorer with respect to an unhealthy neighborhood. // Scotland infact deserves the credit of harboring 22 of the UK's 25 unhealthiest neighbourhoods. ....Scotland residents were found to be overweight, indulge more on tobacco and alcohol compared to those who lived in England and Wales. They w...

Move To Recruit Polish Dentists Questioned In Scotland

Dentists have come don heavily on the Polish recruitment scheme to beef up NHS and have termed it as a "short term fix." These comments were made even as ministers// welcomed the first 11 Polish dentists into the NHS, who will practice in Fife, Forth Valley and Argyll and Clyde...The Scottish Executive revealed that around 40 Poles have been recruited so far this year. The British Dental Associat...

Elders in Scotland Inappropriately Charged For Free Food

Elders in Scotland are being wrongly charged for free services such as making a cup of tea or toast, revealed a survey conducted by charity Age Concern Scotland//. Legally, such food preparation techniques that fall under free personal care should be delivered free of cost. ....The thirteen councils that have been blamed for doing so are currently involved in discussion with the Scottish Executi...

Scotland lags far behind in meeting the demand of prostate cancer treatment

Half of Scotland's prostate cancer patients face a delay of two months or more for surgery or therapy//. ....Prostrate cancer is one of the most common cancers in Scotland. Bu the health officials said that the hospitals are struggling to hit their target. ....Andy Kerr, health minister, asked the authorities to reduce the waiting times to make it easier for those who have been diagnosed with t...

Children In Scotland Denied Access To Dental Care

The free dental services rendered to Scotland children, could soon come to an end, warn Dentists, who are unhappy about the allowances, handed out by ministers. // Dental practices in Scotland yield a considerable amount of additional revenue , provided there are enough number of registered NHS patients. ....There exists a flaw in the definition of who would be eligible for such extra payments,...

‘No Smoking’ Ban in Public Places Will free Scotland From The "sick man" Sobriqut

The Scots will wake up to a fresh dawn tomorrow - A ban that prohibits smoking in public places will be activated at the crack of dawn// on Sunday. Scotland will also go down into the annals of British history, to be the first part of Britain to ban smoking in pubs, restaurants and workplaces. Possibly with the smoking ban, Scotland can strive to rectify its shameful public health record, whic...

Snap Shot of the Drinking Habits of the Scots and Its Associated Memory Loss

According to the survey conducted by the Scottish executives large numbers of Scots is experiencing memory loss as a result of binge// drinking. The researchers feel that memory loss is associated with long-term brain damage. It can also leave young women in vulnerable situations, becoming a target for rapists. ..This survey targeted young people in four cities found that a large percentage was...

Call For Blood Donation In Scotland

Jack Purves was born 13 weeks premature and weighed less than 1lb 6oz. He was so weak that he needed life support to help him breathe. Some timely blood transfusions ensured that he lived and grew stronger. //Even his mother Donna Morgan who developed pneumonia and anemia after the very early birth had to be given blood transfusions to recover. ..Now the mother and baby are back home and in grat...

Bird Flu Swan In Scotland Was A Migratory Bird

The dead swan found in Scotland is the only bird to have shown the H5N1 virus bird flu in the UK. No other birds have been identified with the infection and health // officials are now confident that the bird was a migratory one and not a native species. This has calmed fears of a pandemic in the country. ..Scotland's chief veterinary officers admitted that they were unaware of where exactly t...

Poultry Workers in Scotland to Be Vaccinated For Bird Flu

Following discovery of the lethal bird flu strain in a swan in Fife, Scotland health officials are making the best possible efforts to get all poultry workers vaccinated//. This would offer protection against the seasonal bird flu. ..It is believed that provision of seasonal bird flu jabs to the highly susceptible group just as farmers and poultry workers will help prevent the mutation of the bi...

Measles Rate Shoot Up among Nursery Children in Scotland

In Scotland after the MMR vaccination scare in 1990 the vaccination rates fell sharply. This led to the increase in measles rate among the nursery children. Hence the health// officials are urging the parents to take the MMR jab as soon as possible to protect their children. Statistics show that now more than one in five nursery children are potentially at risk, compared with just three in 1998....

BMA Scotland Blasts 'Sensational Headlines' Over GPs Pay

BMA Scotland has defended the hike in salaries offered to GPs after negative publicity over the move resulted in a backlash with critics claiming //that the wage hikes were responsible for NHS deficits. ..The new GP contracts were introduced in 2004 and since then salaries have increased by 25 percent. BMA's Dr Mary Church defended the move and said that the sensational headlines over the pay be...

Bird Flu Restrictions To Be Lifted In Scotland

Scotland announced on Saturday that she would lift her surveillance zone for wild birds as planned on Monday, almost a month after a dead swan// was found to have the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu. ....The restrictions that were aimed at stopping the spread of the deadly bird flu virus in Scotland have now been lifted in their entirety. The restrictions were imposed after finding the highly path...

Scottish Hospitals Have 1000 Alcohol-Related Cases Each Week

A new report available with the Scottish Parliament says that almost a thousand people end up in the hospital each week due to drink-related problems. //.. ..The report, which was available in the parliament yesterday, showed that "51,599 people were discharged from a general acute hospital last year." This was indeed a massive jump when compared with just 13,890 a decade and a half ago. "The pro...

Medical Education Becomes Dearer In Scotland

After India now it is time for the medical students in Scotland to voice their opinion against the hike in their fees. British students held demonstrations //outside the Scottish Parliament to show their disapproval. The students said that the fees of up to £2,700 were very much close to the top-up fees. But ministers and Scottish Executive say that they were opposed to top-up fees. .. But last...

Plans Of Recruiting Pas From America Causes Displeasure In Scotland

A delegation comprising of senior doctors, members of the Scottish Executive and cash-strapped NHS health boards are in San Francisco for up to a fortnight// at cost of taxpayers to try to hire 20 physicians' assistants. They are trying to recruit staff under a controversial new plan to combat the shortage of physicians. ....With hundreds of junior doctors from overseas who trained and worked in...

Scotland Faces Shortage Of GPs

Chronic shortage of GPs in Scotland makes the condition worse and it is in a position to recruit foreign doctors and attract more men into the profession// to makeup the shortfall. Most strugglers were the remote and rural area peoples. ..Report says ‘Population increase, rise in female part-time GPs, more workloads and immence retirement of a large number of doctors are the result of such harde...

Hospitals In Scotland Not Diagnosing DVT Properly

According to a report by the public services watchdog, the hospitals in Scotland are failing to properly diagnose the clinical presentations of patients with potentially// fatal condition known as ‘Deep vein thrombosis’ (DVT), wherein a blood clot develops in the vein, usually in the leg. ....An enquiry that was conducted in the cases of two women, both of whom died from DVT, found that the fail...

Nova Scotia MP, Bill Casey, indebted to Cadman clinic

Bill Casey, a Nova Scotia Conservative MP, diagnosed with malignant melanoma is grateful to a skin cancer clinic, for perceiving signs of the disease early//. ....The Cadman clinic, instituted in remembrance of a former parliamentarian, Chuck Cadman, who had also died of cancer, was responsible for detecting the presence of the disease at the right time... ..Bill Casey, found to have an abnorma...

Lack Of Sperm Donors - Scottish IVF Clinic Closed

Due to reduced number of sperm donors nationally, the Scottish IVF clinic at the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital has been forced to say ‘no’ to its new patients//. ....Patient enrolled in the fertility treatment at Scotland has been plunged into crisis because government has said patients treated halfway may need to register in next city’s waiting list due to sperm lack. ....Sandra Kant, the clini...

Pensioners In Scotland Being Denied Free Care

Around 200 elderly people in the Argyll and Bute Council area are not receiving personal care, which is their legal right, it has emerged//. Labour MSP Jackie Baillie said that the council's attitude was appalling and asked for social workers to investigate. ....Argyll and Bute Council said it had 'nothing to fear'. Douglas Hendry, director of community services agreed that there were about 200...

Outbreak Of T.B In Scotland Takes Its Toll On Three

Health authorities have announced yesterday that three elderly people have died after an outbreak of tuberculosis at a care home for the elderly//. They also told about the fourth resident at the home is recovering after being diagnosed with TB last October. ....The statement of NHS Lanarkshire said that four residents of the Eastercroft House care home have been diagnosed of TB. They said that...
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