Monthly Archives: February 2016

First Minister’s Announcement on MND Nurses

MND Scotland is delighted to hear that First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, has committed to doubling the number of MND nurses in Scotland and ensuring that they are paid for by the NHS. Doubling the number of nurses will make … Continue reading

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MSPs Back Statutory Right to Communications Equipment

MND Scotland was delighted by yesterday’s confirmation in Parliament that MSPs will back the Scottish Government’s introduction of a statutory right to communications equipment. MND Scotland has been campaigning for this change through our ‘Let me Speak’ campaign, which was … Continue reading

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Nation must concentrate on Mental Health says PM

David Cameron has called for the nation to focus on mental health after a review revealed inadequate, underfunded care, leading to “thousands of tragic and unnecessary deaths”. The report – by a taskforce set up by NHS England – said … Continue reading

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Epilepsy drug Fycompa launched on NHS across UK

The epilepsy drug perampanel has been launched across the UK for the treatment of primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures. Will it revolutionise seizure control for thousands of people? Perampanel – trademarked Fycompa – is a relatively new epilepsy drug manufactured by … Continue reading

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Study confirms safety of cannabis drug CBD

Using a drug based on a chemical found in the cannabis plant to treat epilepsy has been controversial to say the least. An early study from the US may lend more weight to its scientific standing, however. The study suggests … Continue reading

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First Technology Charter for people with dementia in Scotland launched

The first ever Technology Charter for people living with dementia in Scotland was launched today at the Scottish Digital Health Conference in Glasgow by noted Scottish journalist, Sally Magnusson. You can download the Technology Charter here. The Technology Charter is a … Continue reading

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Cancer drug could halt build-up of toxic Alzheimer’s protein

Science Advances: An anti-cancer drug suppresses the primary nucleation reaction that produces the toxic Aβ42 aggregates linked with Alzheimer’s disease Researchers at the University of Cambridge have identified a cancer drug that could halt the build-up of amyloid – a … Continue reading

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Asthma UK responds to research linking air pollution exposure during pregnancy to asthma

New research published today (09 February, 2016) in the European Respiratory Journal, says babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic sources during pregnancy have an increased risk of developing asthma before they reach their fifth birthday.  Dr … Continue reading

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Reducing sugar in sugar-sweetened drinks could prevent 300,000 cases of Type 2 diabetes

A new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal suggests that reducing sugar content in sugar sweetened drinks in the UK by 40 per cent over five years, without replacing them with any artificial sweeteners, could prevent 500,000 … Continue reading

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Diabetes UK survey raised in Parliament

A Diabetes UK commissioned survey, which found that three out of four British adults want food manufacturers to reduce the amount of saturated fat, salt and added sugar in foods to help people eat more healthily, was raised in Parliament. … Continue reading

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