Walking feet

National walking month

Walk this May, get inspired.

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Patient of stroke with carers

Stroke month

Make May purple for Stroke

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Dying Matters awareness week

Dying Matters Awareness Week (18th - 24th May)

During the week, people are encouraged to take a few simple steps to improve end of life experiences.

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Man lying in sunshine

Mental health awareness week

Mental Health Awareness Week starts on the 11th of May

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Health A-Z

Health A-Z

Everything you need to know about illnesses, tests, treatments, operations and services.

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Common health questions

Common health questions

Find answers to some of the most commonly asked health questions.

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Support service directory

Support service directory

Find local and national support services that can help you with various health or wellbeing issues.

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NHS in your area

NHS in your area

Information about your local health board and NHS special health boards in Scotland.

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Health in focus

Health in focus

May's Health in focus highlights National Walking Month, Action on Stroke Month, Mental Health Awareness Week, Hay fever: allergy to pollen and spring health.

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Behind the HeadlinesView full listing

Is gut bacteria responsible for the 'terrible twos' in toddlers?

"Terrible twos?" asks the Mail Online, going on to say that, "the bacteria in your child's gut may be to blame for their bad behaviour". The story is based on research that showed links between the types of bacteria in stool samples from two-year-old children, and their behaviour and temperament.

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Combined contraceptive pills 'increase risk of blood clots'

"Women who take the latest generations of contraceptive pills are at a greater risk of potentially lethal blood clots," The Times reports. While the increase in risk is statistically significant, it is very small in terms of individual risk

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