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Vitamin D supplements key to combating common cold

A daily dose of sunshine via Vitamin D pills keeps coughs and colds at bay, according to new research.

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Left to right, BGH obstetrician  Dr Brian Magowan, Kimberly Shaw-Walker(Zaagi), Lorraine Wilson(midwife), Michelle Gibb(Zaagi) and Shona Fence(head of midwifery).

Charity gives hospital £400 boost

The Borders General Hospital’s maternity unit has been given a £400 boost by a charity set up to help women come to terms with the trauma of stillbirth.

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All the winning schools in the active challenge, plus PC Shona Furness, PC Karen Ballantyne, PC Dianne Lauder and PC Sharon Lackenby, with Karen McGrath of Scottish Borders Council.

Borders youngsters put best feet forward to win awards

Pupils at 10 schools across the region put their best feet forward to earn accolades at this year’s Scottish Borders Council active school travel awards.

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The Royal College of Midwives is concerned about growing pressures on Scotland's maternity services.

Maternity services facing rising demand

Scotland’s maternity services are buckling under the pressure of rising demand, according to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

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Brian and Shona Johnstone with daughter Rihanna and son Larsson.

Tributes have been paid to little Rihanna and the Borderers who supported her

Tragic Borders youngster Rihanna Johnstone died this week at the age of just five, but her parents say they will always be grateful for the precious time they were able to spend with their “feisty wee girl” rather than lamenting that she was denied the chance of a longer life.

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Heads Together chairman Steven Turnbull.

Brain injury charity set to welcome new wheels

A charity helping Borderers with brain injuries is stepping up a gear after landing a £10,000 National Lottery grant.

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John Brown with his Terrier Treacle at the poo box he made as the council refused to install one near a popular walk near his home in Newstead.

Council replaces volunteer-run bin

Scottish Borders Council has at last installed a dog waste bin at a popular dog walking route near Melrose after a volunteer-run bin had been removed after four years.

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Former MSP Euan Robson accompanied Mary Black and Patricia Hewitt when they gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Petitions Committee

Borders mothers seek recognition of PDA condition

Two Borders mothers whose children display symptoms of Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) are campaigning for recogniton of the condition in the region.

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Council leader David Parker at the junction outside the Borders General Hospital.

Plans being drawn up in bid to cut accidents at hospital junction

Traffic signals and a lower speed limit look to be on the way in an effort to cut the number of accidents at the road entrance to the Borders General Hospital at Melrose.

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John Davidson.

Calls going out for reward for Borders Tourette’s campaigner’s work

Tourette’s syndrome sufferer John Davidson says he is “totally flattered” by calls for him to be honoured in recognition of his work to raise awareness of the condition.

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The Border General Hospital near Melrose in The Scottish Borders.

Health board spends £1m on agency staff in a year

NHS Borders paid £1m for agency staff over the year 2015-16 – a figure the health board claims is the equivalent of 12 full-time nurses.

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Just one fatty meal can damage liver

Just one fatty meal can damage liver

Just one meal of burger and chips contains enough fat to have an impact on the liver, according to a new study.

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Cervical screening is at a 10-year low while the number of deaths from cervical cancer has increased by 24 per cent.

Concern as cancer screening hits 10-year low

The number of deaths from cervical cancer has increased by 24 per cent while the number of women attending cervical screening has reached a 10-year low, a national charity has warned.

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The Westbury family , from left,  Matthew, Tony, Kirsty and Heather.

Westbury family set a charity challenge a month in memory of Ailsa

The children and husband of a Borders doctor killed by cancer last year have launched a year-long fundraising campaign aimed at raising £10,000 for charity.

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Brian and Shona Johnstone with daughter Rhiana and son Larsson at home in Galashiels.

‘Walking frame will extend Rihanna’s life’

A Galashiels couple say they have been forced to apply to a charity for a desperately-needed piece of equipment for their five-year-old daughter.

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Poultry owners warned to protect their flocks

Poultry owners warned to protect their flocks

The discovery last Friday of avian bird flu in a small backyard flock of birds in North Yorkshire means poultry are being kept locked in until at least February 28.

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Tips on beating the winter blues are available from the NHS online.

Help to beat the winter blues

People are being encouraged to take some time for themselves to help beat the post-Christmas winter blues.

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The firm's Galashiels base.

Borders firm hopes to make rickets drug breakthrough

A Borders pharmaceutical plant believes it could be about to make a breakthrough in treating rickets as it seeks authorisation for a new drug for sufferers of the most common heritable form of the condition.

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