Walking feet

National walking month

Walk this May, get inspired.

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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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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

Wet umbrellas

Mildly cold weather more deadly than heatwaves or very cold snaps

"Mildly cold, drizzly days far deadlier than extreme temperatures," The Independent reports. An international study looking at weather-related deaths estimated that moderate cold killed far more people than extremely hot or cold temperatures.

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Is paracetamol use in pregnancy harmful for male babies?

"Paracetamol use in pregnancy may harm male foetus," The Guardian reports. Researchers found evidence that taking paracetamol for seven days may lower the amount of testosterone testicular tissue can produce – using human foetal testicular tissue grafted into mice.

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