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A simple bedside chart can help reduce pain among cancer patients, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh worked with doctors to develop the Edinburgh Pain Assessment and management Tool (EPAT) - a pen and paper chart which medical staff used to regularly record pain levels in…
An "evil and dangerous" man who raped and sexually assaulted blind children while he was a schoolboy has been given a lifelong restriction order by a judge. From the age of 12, David Penman - described in court as "cunning, deceitful and manipulative" - sexually attacked eight fellow pupils when…
A paranoid schizophrenic who admitted pushing a commuter into the path of an oncoming Tube train said he was "crazy and stupid" shortly after the near-fatal shove. Alan Alencar was said to have had a wide-eyed expression and a vacant stare as he stood in Bayswater Underground Station moments later,…
Fresh insights into changes in the brain linked to depression could pave the way for new treatments, according to scientists. Their study also sheds light on why a particular category of antidepressant drugs stops working in some people, researchers believe. Experts at the University of Edinburgh have pinpointed a key…
A lecture theatre is to be renamed in memory of motor neurone disease (MND) activist Gordon Aikman. Edinburgh University is to honour the campaigner and business school graduate by renaming its George Square lecture theatre after him. Mr Aikman (pictured) died last February aged just 31 after being diagnosed with…
Actress and campaigner Emma Thompson has accused the UK Government of a "death of compassion" in its treatment of refugees, insisting Britain has a duty of care towards people who are fleeing "from the jaws of death". The two time Oscar winner said offering a new home to refugees could…
Scientists have created an algorithm which can detect a side effect of Parkinson's treatment that causes involuntary jerking movements. Prolonged prolonged exposure to the dopamine replacement drugs can lead to dyskinesia, causing involuntary jerking and spasms of the whole body. Heriot-Watt University academics have conducted clinical studies that prove their…
A children's unit at a busy hospital will close for a day because of staff shortages. Bosses at NHS Lothian announced the children's short stay assessment unit at St John's Hospital in Livingston will be closed on Saturday December 9. Staffing and recruitment issues forced the health board to close…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has officially opened the first part of a £48 million hospital redevelopment aimed at improving mental health care. Ms Sturgeon and Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt saw new accommodation that has been provided at the revamped Royal Edinburgh Hospital. The First Minister said (pictured): "This government…
A new study on dementia has found how damage spreads through the brain by "jumping" between cells. Scientists used new technology to discover key chemicals disrupting brain cells in a common type of the condition. Tissue from people with Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) showed protein builds up in vital…
A robot which teaches people key facial expressions could help boost the employment outlook for autistic adults, researchers have claimed. The current UK unemployment rate is 4.4% but just 14% of autistic adults have a full-time job. Researchers at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University have developed a robot called Alyx to teach…
As the University of Edinburgh celebrates a centenary of social work education this month, staff from our social work programmes at the University of Dundee have made key contributions and participate in a number of ways, including talks, articles, book chapters and the co-editing of a book. Dr Jane Fenton,…
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