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Alcohol-linked deaths ‘54% higher in Scotland’ – BBC News

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‘Harmful consequences’ In 2016, the equivalent of 10.5 litres of pure alcohol were sold per adult in Scotland, representing 20.2 units per adult per week. Official guidelines advise against men and women drinking more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. NHS Health Scotland said this meant enough alcohol was sold last year in Scotland for every adult to exceed the weekly guideline by 44% every week of the year. Sales of alcohol per adult per week were 17% greater in Scotland than in England and Wales – although the rate, which had increased between 2013 and 2015, […]

Don’t be scared to let animals on wards, say nurses – BBC News

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But many nurses said animals were not allowed where they worked. The main reasons behind this, according to Amanda Cheesley, who is putting together nationwide guidelines on animals in hospitals, are concerns that furry companions spread infections and other “myths around the dangers” of allowing animals on wards. But she says she knows of examples where hospitals allowed dogs and other animals on wards safely, making a “remarkable difference.” She mentioned one young cancer patient who was too scared to have a life-saving procedure in theatre. The patient finally had the treatment she needed after a therapy dog accompanied her […]

Glasgow site found for UK’s first legal drug addict ‘fix room’ – BBC News

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The site, owned by the city council, has been identified between Trongate, Saltmarket and the River Clyde and officials are discussing leasing arrangements. HIV cases The proposals for a safer drug consumption facility (SDCF), with a separate service allowing some users to access heroin-assisted treatment (Hat), followed concern about a possible public health outbreak following a steep rise in the number of HIV cases among drug injectors. There are an estimated 90 new cases of HIV diagnosed in Glasgow among people who inject drugs in the city, which health officials say could cost the NHS more than 29m over the […]

Bayern Munich replace English fan’s 21-year-old mug – BBC News

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His uncle – who lives in Germany – sent him the gift after Bayern beat Jim’s team, Nottingham Forest, in the Uefa Cup. Image copyright Twitter Image caption Bayern Munich’s response to Jim’s tweet Jim said: “I think he (the uncle) thought he was being funny, but over the years the mug and I became quite attached. “It followed me around the country, through uni and work. Others have come and gone but it’s always been there. “I must have had thousands of brews out of it, but it’s starting to show its age so I thought I’d retire it. […]

BBC News at Ten stops for four minutes over technical fault – BBC News

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