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Sharp rise in Scotland’s suicide rate

Suicides in Scotland have risen for the first time in six years, according to newly released figures.

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BMA Scotland is calling for minimum unit pricing of alcohol following a !0 per cent rise in alcohol-related deaths.

Calls for minimum pricing to tackle rising alcohol problem

Efforts to tackle alcohol misuse in Scotland should be redoubled, a leading medical authority has said.

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Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland - Community Hub, Hawick.

MSP, Rachael Hamilton officially cut the ribbon with from left, Ronnie Frost, John Wilson, deputy Lord Lt John Scott, John Lamont MP and Dr Roger Smith.

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Charity defies burglars to open new community hub

An innovative charity community hub has overcome the setback of having been burgled just weeks ago to open its doors in Hawick High Street.

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Shona Robison hopes the bursaries will encourage students.

Bursaries for new graduate medical course

Students on Scotland’s new graduate entry medical course will now be in line for bursaries of £4000 per year.

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Some of the products recalled by MacSween of Edinburgh. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

MacSween recalls haggis products over ‘botulism fears’

A haggis company is recalling various products due to inadequate procedures to control bacteria that may cause serious food poisoning.

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Mark Baxter is pictured with some of his friends and family handing over the cheque to the Margaret Kerr Unit.

Mark’s marathon effort for Margaret Kerr Unit

A Duns man has raised £3,200 for the Margaret Kerr Unit by cycling from Duns Golf Club to the BGH and then running back again - a total of 48 miles!

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Three coffees a day is the secret to a longer life

Three coffees a day is the secret to a longer life

The secret to a long life might be three cups of coffee as a landmark study reveals it reduces the risk of death from all disease.

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Supermarket recalls sandwich fillers in food bug scare

Supermarket recalls sandwich fillers in food bug scare

Sainsbury’s has removed 13 of its own-brand sandwich fillers from its shelves following the discovery of food bug listeria in them.

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Calls to charity show emotional abuse soaring

Calls to charity show emotional abuse soaring

A major children’s charity has seen a huge rise in emotional abuse being reported over the past seven years – soaring by 427 per cent.

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Adults under 25 “twice as likely” to suffer from hay fever as over 55s

Adults under 25 “twice as likely” to suffer from hay fever as over 55s

Young adults are twice as likely to suffer from hay fever as those aged over 54, according to new research.

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Doddie Weir at the Greenyards earlier this year.

Rugby legend Doddie reveals MND diagnosis

Scotland and Melrose rugby legend Doddie Weir has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).

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Kelso Community Hospital.

Borders hospital open again after outbreak of vomiting virus

Kelso Community Hospital has reopened to new admissions after being forced to shut its doors last week following an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

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Dentists are urging us to protect our teeth against gum disease.

Gum disease: why are many of us ignoring the warning signs?

New research reveals many people may be increasing their risk of developing advanced gum disease by ignoring blood in their spit when they brush.

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New research by the Oral Health Foundation has found a troubling number of Scottish residents are having to face a 40-mile round-trip to visit a dentist.

Concerns raised about access to dental treatment

A leading charity has expressed concerns over access to oral healthcare in Scotland, as new research reveals an estimated 216,000 of the country’s residents are facing a 40-mile round-trip to be seen by a dentist.

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The behind the scenes, non-clinical award winners were the catering team at NHS Borders. They are pictured here with, back row far right, Kaye Niven, Five Star Taxis, the award's sponsor.

Caterers collect prizes at double

NHS Borders’ catering team has proved it has a recipe for success by picking up one of the top awards at the trust’s annual prize-giving ceremony.

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Hawick Community Hospital.

Normal service now resuming at Borders health centres hit by cyber attacks

Normal service is now resuming at Hawick Health Centre following last Friday’s cyber attacks by hackers using ransomware.

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Hawick Community Hospital.

Hawick hospital and surgery among NHS sites hit by cyber attack

Two of the three NHS Borders community operations hit by this weekend’s worldwide cyber attack are in Hawick, it has been revealed.

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Fundraiser Alan Biggar, 64, of North Berwick, and his 1957 Morgan Plus 4.

Fundraiser coming to town as part of nationwide charity drive

A fundraiser doing a 12-day tour of Scotland in a vintage sports car in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust is lining up a stop-off in Hawick.

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The Borders General Hospital at Melrose.

NHS Borders hit by hackers demanding ransom payouts

NHS Borders is among more than 30 UK health boards being targeted by cyber attacks.

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Prevention zone is now lifted

Prevention zone is now lifted

The Scottish Government has confirmed that the avian influenza prevention zone covering Scotland has now been lifted.

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