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Drug death numbers rise to record levels

A new report from the National Records of Scotland has shown that the number of people in Dumfries and Galloway dying from drug overdoses has reached record levels.

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Suicides in Scotland have seen a rise for the first time in six years.

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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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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Sammi Wood

Sammi’s Wood’s latest charity challenge

Newton Stewart author and charity fundraiser Sammi Wood has picked a tandem bungee jump for her latest charity challenge.

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Galloway Community Hospital

Petition to save A&E at GCH in Stranraer

Galloway MSP Finlay Carson has launched a cross-party petition, calling on the Scottish Government to protect services at the Galloway Community Hospital, following a public meeting.

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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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Galloway Community Hospital

Answers needed after hospital unit closes for a week

A Stranraer Councillor has called for the chairman of NHS Dumfries and Galloway Phil Jones to face “the public outrage” by attending a public meeting tomorrow in Stranraer.

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Susan Lowes, Policy and Public Affairs Manager
Fiona Snowdon, Regional Office Administrator
Georgia Ramplin, Community Fundraiser for Dumfries and Galloway and South Lanarkshire
Colin Smyth MSP
Susan Macrae, Helper Service Manager
Elizabeth Baines, Clinical Nurse Manager
Jessica English, Senior Nurse
Judy Lever, Healthcare Assistant

MSP praises support given by Marie Curie

South of Scotland MSP Colin Smyth, the Shadow Health Minister, has praised the support provided by Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity, to families in the region lving with a terminal illness.

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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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Stephen Varney

Newton Stewart man cycles the length of Scotland in memory of his late wife

Last Saturday Stephen Varney, from Newton Stewart, known in the local cycling community as Nipper, rode his bike the length of Scotland in less than a day to raise money for charity in memory of his late wife.

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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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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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Pictured from left to right: Graham Nicol, UIG West member, Thomesena Lochhead, Health & Wellbeing Specialist/Communities, Renata Brittainova, TCAT Support Officer, Simon Malzer, TCAT User Involvement Manager , Angela McGeoch, UIG West member, Penny Halliday, UIG West member, Janice Malone, Macmillan Engagement & Volunteering Manager, Alison Brown, UIG East member, Tom Mitchell, UIG West member, Krys Scott, UIG East member, Helen Mackintosh, TCAT SMP Worker, Stella Macpherson, TCAT Cancer Experience Panel representative for Dumfries and Galloway,  Jeff Ace Chief Executive -  NHS Dumfries and Galloway and TCAT Programme Board Chair.

Patients to help shape services

People affected by cancer have been involved in an innovative programme to help shape services in Dumfries and Galloway.

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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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Iain Howie and Kay Bird are pictured above.

Defibrillator for village hall

Balmaclellan’s Community Council and Village Hall Committee are delighted to announce that the new defibrillator has been installed at the Village Hall.

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Hamish cutting the cake at Marions House

Honour for Hamish at Home from Home

A Stranraer boy who spent his 12th birthday party in a Glasgow centre for young cancer patients has cut the cake on the facility’s first anniversary.

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