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Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 20/06/2011 - 16:47

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Puffing the future of renewables

Renewable sources have a big part to play in future energy supply. But how big? Sometimes their supporters can be guilty of exaggeration.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 03/05/2011 - 17:24

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Any stick is good enough to beat the drinkers with

Many papers today ran a story about the number of GP consultations in Scotland that involved alcohol as a factor.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 28/04/2011 - 14:51

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More big claims from the Scottish election

The elections in Scotland are proving a happy hunting ground for those who can scent a duff statistic.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 21/04/2011 - 13:53

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Scottish Labour in retreat over crime claims

Scottish Labour has backtracked on its claims of the health costs of knife crime – first brought to attention on this website  - as its sources distanced thems

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 19/04/2011 - 14:29

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Newsnight Scotland tackles knife crime costs

Last night Newsnight Scotland followed up Straight Statistics’ analysis of how much knife crime costs NHS Scotland.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 15/04/2011 - 14:59

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It’s election time: think of a number, a big number

Knife crime, and its effects on the NHS, has become a big talking point in the elections in Scotland.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 15/02/2011 - 10:09

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Do Scottish universities exclude the poor?

Scotland should do more to encourage people from poorer backgrounds to go to university, according to the National Union of Students Scotland (NUSS).

Sheila Bird :: Thu, 11/11/2010 - 14:35

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Better surveillance of HIV and hepatitis long overdue

Is the UK doing enough to identify and treat infections by HIV and hepatitis? The evidence suggests that it is not, and that complacency in the face of these threats is unjustified.

Sheila Bird, John Strang, Wayne Hall and Matthew Hickman :: Mon, 27/09/2010 - 13:40

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How better methadone prescribing has saved more than 2,500 lives

Providing methadone to former heroin addicts can save many lives, if properly done.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 17/08/2010 - 13:43

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Revised figures for Scottish prisoner escort costs

After the payments made to Reliance Custodial Service under its contract to transport prisoners in Scotland were analysed