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People living in rural areas are less likely to survive cancer than those who live in cities, according to a new global review.Researchers examined 39 studies and found 30 of them reported a "clear survival disadvantage" for rural people compared to those living in urban areas.The study found those living…
Puzzles such as crosswords and sudoku do not counteract mental decline in old age but can provide a higher point from which decline begins, a study has found.Researchers found that, while regular problem-solving will boost mental ability in old age, it had no impact on the rate of mental decline…
Good progress has been made on improving services for older people in Aberdeen, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland has published a progress review of services for older people in the city after an inspection in 2016 identified “important weaknesses” in some aspects of performance by…
A shortage of nursing staff is hampering the delivery of a comprehensive mental health service at a Scottish prison, it has been found. Inspectors said much has been done to improve the situation at HMP & YOI Grampian in Peterhead since its standard of health and well-being was graded poor…
Scotland’s first major trauma centre has opened in Aberdeen. The centre at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary will treat the most seriously injured patients across the north of Scotland. It is the first of four centres due to open as part of Scotland’s trauma network. The second, in Dundee, has an opening…
A man has thanked paramedics and doctors after surviving 15 cardiac arrests in just three hours. Ian Clark collapsed at home in Elrick, Aberdeenshire, on August 15 last year in front of his wife and youngest son. The 52-year-old father of three was given CPR by his eldest son Connon…
Shamed former minister Mark McDonald should be suspended from the Scottish Parliament without pay for one month, Holyrood's Standards Committee has recommended. The committee announced the proposed sanction after considering a report by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life, which was asked to investigate Mr McDonald's conduct after…
Marriage may help to protect people against developing heart disease or having a stroke, according to research. Single, divorced, and widowed people are at a heightened risk of developing the health problems, a study involving universities in the UK, the US and Australia has found. Experts believe the additional social…
A nun who worked at a children's home has told an inquiry she is sad that abuse allegations have been made against her and described the claims as lies. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) heard the woman, now in her 70s, maintains the claims are an "invention". The probe…
A nun has admitted to an inquiry that she mistreated children at two orphanages and described another sister's alleged actions as "cruel". The 77-year-old, who cannot be identified, said youngsters at Nazareth House in Aberdeen would be smacked or hit with a hairbrush while she was there between 1963 and…
A Scottish Tory MP has called on the Government and NHS to conduct a review into the diagnosis and treatment of a genetic condition called DiGeorge syndrome. David Duguid (pictured) told MPs in the Commons that such a review should be in consultation with DiGeorge syndrome sufferers and their families.…
A care home for older people in Inverurie has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Garioch care home following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists three areas which require urgent…
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