National Cholesterol Month

Motion Number: S4M-11167

That the Parliament recognises October as National Cholesterol Month; notes that it is organised by Heart UK and is dedicated to dealing with concerns about high cholesterol levels; appreciates Heart UK’s work in raising awareness of the risks associated with this, which, it considers, are often misunderstood; understands that high cholesterol is a cause of cardiovascular disease, which, according to Heart Research Institute UK, is the leading cause of death in Scotland and accounts for approximately 1/3 of deaths across the country, and notes the British Heart Foundation’s study suggesting that high cholesterol levels are a prevalent problem among the population of Scotland.

World Polio Day

Motion Number: S4M-11170

That the Parliament recognises 24 October 2014 as World Polio Day; thanks Rotary International for organising this day, which is dedicated to the global eradication of polio; celebrates Rotary International’s assertion that cases of polio worldwide have been reduced by 99% since 1988, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) began; congratulates GPEI on what it sees as its success at reducing the number of polio endemic countries by 122 since its inception; laments that children in three countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, are still affected by this completely treatable disease; supports Rotary International’s attempts to expose younger generations to the fight to eliminate polio through its extensive social media campaign surrounding World Polio Day, and hopes that this year’s World Polio Day will help to finally end the fight against polio.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Awareness Month

Motion Number: S4M-11171

That the Parliament recognises that September 2014 was Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) Awareness Month; supports people with this progressive, degenerative disease that affects the brain’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body; acknowledges the work of CMT United Kingdom in raising awareness of the condition and in assisting all those who have it throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, and supports the promotion of additional research in the study of CMT and the circulation of results arising from such research.