Health

For the final Fine Fiction writer's event at the Edinburgh Book Festival it was the award winning, Edinburgh-born and educated literary novelist Candia McWilliam. She is in conversation with Jenny Brown, the first director of the Edinburgh Book Festival.  Candia unfortunately has been through the wars in recent years: at previous Festival "meet the author" sessions she has had the opportunity to bare her soul and confess heartfelt stories about family life, guilt, alcohol and serious illness, experiences she writes about in poetry, fiction and memoir.

In 1978 Susie Orbach, a psychotherapist, wrote her first book "Fat is a Feminist Issue," (FIFI), a self help guide to losing weight without dieting. Thirty years later, our society in the western world appears to be divided into the overweight and obese contrasting with the compulsive need for young girls to be size zero.

If you asked anyone in Scotland to tell you what the national soft drink is, the chances are they'd say Irn-bru. The sweet, sticky, orange fizz, made by A.G. Barr of Glasgow for more than a century, has for years held off stiff competition in the lucrative soft drinks market from multi-national rivals Pepsi and Coca Cola.

Carers, patients and clinicians in Edinburgh are to give the General Medical Council (GMC)
their views on new guidelines for doctors treating patients at the end of their
life.

The City of Edinburgh Council is telling take-away restaurants to cut back on the amount of salt they use. An investigation into the levels of salt in takeaway meals found it was significantly higher than the recommended safe allowance.

Retailers from Edinburgh's West End, City Centre and Leith will be offering free treatments at this urban spa in St. Andrew Square. Visitors will find free advice, demonstrations and free product promotions such as massage and manicure treatments, style and health advice, and make over and skin advice.

Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham has re-affirmed the Scottish Government's stand against Genetically Modified food in an address to the fifth international conference on GM-free regions in Europe.

A new map, produced for the Scottish governement, has been released which shows areas of Scotland that have the highest levels of the naturally-occurring radioactive gas radon. The survey, based on tests of 19,000 Scottish dwellings, has been published to help homeowners identify whether they need to take any action.

On Wednesday 11 March, No Smoking Day organisers are keen to remind the UK's 9.4 million smokers that quitting can have benefits for wealth as well as health.

The City of Edinburgh Council will be looking at how much salt could be hidden in ready-to-eat meals to mark national Salt Awareness Week running from today to 8 February.