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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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Tweedbank pensioner reported missing

Tweedbank pensioner reported missing

Police are appealing for witnesses to trace an 87-year-old man who has been reported as missing in Tweedbank.

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Andrew Slorance with younger children Olivia, left; Millie, right; and Finlay, top, on Iona.

Former Hawick dad backing £1.2m bid to extend cancer support centre

Cancer suffer Andrew Slorance is giving his backing to a bid to build a £1.2m extension to the Maggie’s support centre at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital as a show of gratitude to the charity.

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Entries from statutory records have been released onto ScotlandsPeople - the family history website operated by the National Records of Scotland.

Latest birth, death and marriage records released

Entries from important statutory records have been released today onto ScotlandsPeople – the family history website operated by the National Records of Scotland.

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Borderers urged to boost their immunity

Borderers urged to boost their immunity

With many people suffering from flu-like symptoms over the festive period, at-risk Borderers are being urged to protect themselves.

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Sophia and Kitione Kamikamica and their son David, who was born on Christmas Day

Terrific trio arrives on Christmas Day

While Borderers opened their presents yesterday, three new babies opened their eyes for the first time at the Borders General Hospital.

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Consultants' crisis...around 300 vacancies exist in Scotland, half of which have been vacant for more than six months.

NHS consultants crisis calls for a public remedy

Would you go to the supermarket, fill up your trolley and expect to walk out with the contents for free?

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Competitive Robert wins stroke courage award

Competitive Robert wins stroke courage award

Robert Harvey has been a sportsman all his life, and is still performing archery, bowls and swimming at the age of 81.

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Estimate puts dementia diagnosis at 20,000 every year by 2020

Estimate puts dementia diagnosis at 20,000 every year by 2020

More needs to be done to tackle Scotland’s “biggest health and social care challenge”, according to dementia campaigners.

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Crisis looming as third of Scotland’s GPs plan to retire in five years

Scotland is facing a medical timebomb in general practice with more than a third of GPs saying they are planning to retire within the next five years.

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Paramedic practitioner Suzanne Little, ambulance service area manager Richard Panton and Jon Ellis, managing director of award sponsor Ferno.

Award success for Hawick healthcare pilot project

A joint effort by health workers in Hawick has received national recognition for slashing admissions to hospital.

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Former Borders MSP Jim Hume.

Former Borders MSP welcomes ban on smoking in cars with children in

A new law banning Scots from smoking in cars with children in came into force this week, and that’s been welcomed by the ex-MSP who proposed it, former Borders councillor Jim Hume.

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Organic egg producer Anne Rae,  from Ednam.

Borders poultry farmers told to keep birds indoors

Poultry farmers in the Borders are being told to keep birds indoors as a precaution against a deadly bird flu strain recently found in Europe.

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A festive fund-raising pack is available online to help MRF finance vital research into vaccines to treat different strains of the disease. Information about symptoms can also be found on its website.

Expected rise in cases of meningitis

Cases of meningitis and septicaemia are expected to rise over the winter and a leading charity is urging greater awareness of the symptoms.

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The Tobacco-Free Generation Awards. Right to left: Kevan Sanderson NHS Borders, Colin Smyth MSP, Jedburgh councillor Jim Brown.

Accolade for campaigners

Anti-smoking campaigners in the Borders have been given a national award for their efforts to stub out the unhealthy habit.

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