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Former Scotland rugby international Doddie Weir has revealed he is battling motor neurone disease (MND). The 46-year-old said he decided to announce his diagnosis to raise awareness of the condition. He is now joining forces with researchers at the University of Edinburgh to help tackle the degenerative condition, which occurs…
The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC) have issued a call for posters for their annual conference taking place in Edinburgh this September. If you are you involved in an interesting project or in an area of work that you would like to discuss with or show to others in…
Substantial improvements are required in some health and social work services for older people in Edinburgh, following a joint inspection of services in the city carried out by the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland. The report, published today, assessed how well health and social work services provided by the…
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh are part of a £250 million project to combat dementia. The university is to join forces with five other institutions from England and Wales to form the UK Dementia Research Institute (UKDRI). Professor Giles Hardingham, association director of the UKDRI at the University of…
The dedication and achievement of social workers across Scotland was recognised when Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald presented the SASW Social Work Awards earlier today. The annual Scottish Association of Social Work awards were held in Edinburgh on World Social Work Day before an audience of 120 guests,…
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh hoping to develop new treatments for autism have received a £20 million funding boost from a US philanthropic foundation. The Simons Foundation has pledged the investment for studies into the biological mechanisms that underpin changes in brain development associated with autism. Autism spectrum disorders…
A council has lost a legal bid to gain parental rights over a child whose parents have learning difficulties. The child's parents appealed to the UK Supreme Court after Scotland's highest court upheld a decision to grant West Lothian Council a permanence order for her. Born in 2013, the girl,…
People who take part in a range of leisure activities in middle age are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life, according to new research. Psychologists at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University tested more than 500 people aged 79 for memory, problem solving and thinking ability.…
A care at home service in Edinburgh has been told to make urgent improvements in the care it provides to vulnerable people. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Homecare Support, an independent provider of home care based in Lower Granton Road. It follows an inspection of…
A type of depression may affect people who are genetically at risk of schizophrenia, a new study has suggested. The University of Edinburgh research team said its findings could help to shed light on the causes of depression, which affects about one in five people. It could also pave the…
A cafe chain backed by George Clooney has received more than 27,000 donations in one day to its campaign to ensure a homeless person gets a hot meal at Christmas. Social Bite has teamed up with itison.com again to run the fundraiser, which invites people to donate £5 which will…
Campaigners have praised an MP for her bravery after she revealed in the House of Commons that she was raped at the age of 14. Independent Michelle Thomson moved MPs to tears as she told them ''I'm not a victim, I'm a survivor" during a debate on the UN's International…
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