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Half of Scots believe that poorer health is a result of an unjust society, according to findings published by the Scottish Centre for Social Research. The report ‘Scottish Social Attitudes - Public Attitudes to Inequality’, commissioned by NHS Health Scotland, reveals the extent to which people are aware of existing…
A new study suggests more value needs to be placed in promoting exercise for people with severe mental health issues in secure hospital settings. Researchers from Loughborough University have explored the way health care assistants perceive the benefits of exercise for their adult patients, as well as their attitudes to…
A combination of sleep, exercise and alcohol could help prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have discovered that a good night's sleep, increasing heart rate through exercise and 25ml of wine per day can help stimulate the brain's own cleaning system. Previous studies have shown that Alzheimer's disease is…
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities will benefit from a new fund to improve their health, education and integration, Communities Minister Lord Bourne said today. Six pilot projects will each receive a share of £170,000 of new funding, and will be run by or in partnership with the Gypsy, Roma and…
Gardening experts are teaming up with the NHS to promote the positive impact horticulture can have for people's mental health. The Royal Horticultural Society has already pledged its Feel Good Garden at this year's Chelsea Flower Show will live on at a Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust site in…
New research has shown that older people with very low risk of heart disease also have very little frailty, raising the possibility that frailty could be prevented. The largest study of its kind, led by the University of Exeter, found that even small reductions in heart disease risk factors helped…
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has announced that it is developing new awards that will aim to improve young people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing. New National Progression Awards in Mental Health and Wellbeing are being developed at level 4 and level 5 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications…
Disruption to the body clock increases the risk of mood disorders and depression, a large study has confirmed. Scientists at the University of Glasgow looked at the circadian rhythms - which control functions including sleep patterns, body temperature, our immune systems and the release of hormones - of more than…
Wealthier children and young adults may be more likely to die from asthma than their poorer peers, according to a new study. For many conditions, being poor has been linked to worse health outcomes. A new study, published in the journal Thorax, found that asthma mortality among children and younger…
People are finding it harder to see their family doctor, a new study has found. Despite "relationship continuity" with a GP leading to better health outcomes, patients are finding it increasingly difficult to see their own GP compared with five years ago, experts have said. Continuity of care in GP…
The Scottish Government has launched a new Digital Health and Social Care Strategy that sets out how technology can support person-centred care and help to not only sustain but improve services for the future. The new strategy has been developed over the past year, and its aims and priorities have…
Large swathes of people have "mythical" beliefs when it comes to the causes of cancer, a new study suggests. Members of the public incorrectly identify stress, food additives, genetically modified foods and electromagnetic fields as causes of cancer. Meanwhile, people had poor awareness of a number of known cancer risk…
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