by Ray Philp

A health authority has expressed their “deepest sympathies” for the family of a 9 year old daughter who died of anaphylactic shock shortly after a GP had failed to prescribe a device that could have saved her life.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde were implicated in a report published by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman that criticised the lack of clear guidance regarding the prescription of adrenaline auto injector pens, or EpiPens.

An EpiPen might have saved Miss C. Photo: D Walsh

by Jane Bretin and Adam Smyth

Today’s report from NHS health Scotland has revealed that Scottish alcohol consumption is at its highest level in 30 years.

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The report states that alcohol consumption per person has risen by 1.2 liters of pure alcohol a year compared to 1994. It also showed that shop sales have increased significantly with spirits accounting for the largest part of the sales.

As the study showed, Scots are the biggest drinkers in the United Kingdom, well ahead of England and Wales. This raises the question, once again of minimum pricing per unit of alcohol and issue of what pushes the Scottish people to drink. Jennifer Curran, head of policy for Alcohol Focus Scotland told Edinburgh Napier news : “alcohol is now more affordable, more available and is more heavily marketed than at any time over the last 30 years.

By Jeremy Janeczko

Imagine walking into the doctors to be informed you have cancer, but you leave without breaking a sweat. That’s a pretty unrealistic reaction after finding out you are dying. This reaction my not be unbelievable for too much longer.  Recently there has been advancements made in  human genome

The Human DNA

sequencing technologies which may lead to cures for currently incurable aliments . Companies such as  Ion Torrent, Helicos, GNU Bio, ABI and Illumina are the leading companies in this area of research and technology that are hopefully heading towards that goal.