HEALTH

No regrets? Why not?

No regrets? Why not?

Of all history’s thinkers, I’d say Friedrich Nietzsche provides the second-best example of why you shouldn’t take philosophers as models for how to live. (First place goes to Diogenes of Sinope, infamous for masturbating and defecating in public.) Despite coining the term “übermensch”, Nietzsche was a fragile man, sickly and psychologically tormented, who suffered a […]

New anti-malaria drug developed at Dundee University

New anti-malaria drug developed at Dundee University

Researchers at Dundee University have discovered a new compound which could treat malaria while protecting people from the disease and preventing its spread, all in a single dose. The compound, DDD107498, was developed by the university’s Drug Discovery Unit and the Medicines for Malaria Venture. Scientists said the “exciting” new drug could work well against […]

Blood chemical predicts brain decline

Blood chemical predicts brain decline

Scientists have discovered a chemical in blood that indicates whether people will have declining brain function. Looking for the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease, they analysed levels of 1,129 proteins circulating in the blood of more than 200 twins. These were compared with data from cognitive-function tests over the next decade, in Translational Psychiatry. And […]

Fathers need support to spend more time on children and chores – report

Fathers need support to spend more time on children and chores – report

Encouraging men to become more involved as fathers is the key to achieving gender equality, according to a landmark international study that shows women remain overwhelmingly more responsible for childcare and domestic duties despite their increasing role in paid employment. Hands-on fathers also help produce happier and better-educated offspring, as well as gaining significant benefits […]

Is it worth it? Nordic walking

Is it worth it? Nordic walking

What is it? A full-body method of walking, where you propel yourself along using a pair of long poles. It’s cross-country skiing, basically, but without the skis or silly clothes. How much does it cost? Poles can cost anything from £40 to £200 a pair, and beginners are encouraged to take a £60 four-week course […]

Nuts ‘protect against early death’

Nuts ‘protect against early death’

Eating half a handful of nuts every day could substantially lower the risk of early death, a Dutch study suggests. Previous studies had already indicated a link with cardiovascular health, but this is the first to look at specific nuts and diseases. Maastricht University researchers found a 23% lower chance of death during the 10-year […]