Research explores the use of new psychoactive substances by young people

A research study into New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)—formerly referred to as ‘legal highs’—provides new evidence about why young people were attracted to the drugs, and the health and social risks associated with taking them. The study was carried out by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Queen’s University Belfast. The Continue Reading

Hospital admissions for older people’s services increase by 10% every year across Scotland

Admissions to geriatric medical wards in the 19 largest hospitals with major emergency departments in Scotland have risen by 10 percent for three consecutive years, reaching 43,311 by 2017/18, according to a new report. The Acute Hospital Outcomes Report 2017/18—an overview of outcomes of acute geriatric medicine services in Scotland Continue Reading

People with intellectual disabilities are often not told about their medicines and their potential side effects

The 1.5m people in the UK with an intellectual disability experience significant health inequality. Research shows that they are more likely to develop health problems than the general population, they are more likely to have reduced access to healthcare, and they are more likely to receive poorer care. A 2018 Continue Reading

‘Prescribed’ smartphone app offers hope to young people who self-harm

A new mental health app, designed to help manage negative emotions and periods of extreme anxiety for young people, could have a significant impact on reducing self-harm according to research. The ‘BlueIce’ app, developed in conjunction with patient groups by leading clinical psychologist Professor Paul Stallard, is now included in Continue Reading

New “recycling” technology is actually CANNIBALISM: Dead people are liquefied, drained into city sewers, then dumped on food crops as “biosludge”

A new “recycling” technology called “bio-cremation” liquefies the dead, then dumps their liquid remains into city sewers where solid and liquid waste are collected as “biosludge” to be dumped on food crops. Those crops, in turn, are fed back to humans as part of the mainstream food supply. In a Continue Reading

Heart arrhythmia can be acquired by people who are stressed, even with no genetic predisposition

When encountering a charging predator or participating in a triathlon, the human heart responds by beating faster to increase blood supply to muscles. It is a natural and well-understood reaction to stress. However, there are times when emotional or physical stress causes the heart to beat with an irregular or Continue Reading