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Single-dose malaria pill, sunscreen ‘killing men’s sperm’ and why Finnish people are urged to eat standing up

The BBC reports that Dundee University researchers have discovered a new compound that could treat malaria while protecting people from the disease and preventing its spread, in a single dose.

Scientists have described the drug as ‘exciting’ and said it could work well against parasites resistant to current treatments.

Meanwhile, a Telegraph news story suggests that sunscreen and cosmetics could be killing men’s sperm. Researchers found that only one in four males has good fertility levels.

The findings, presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology’s annual meeting in Lisbon, sparked warnings from doctors that lifestyles could have created a ‘toxic environment for men’.

Lastly, Finland’s health ministry is urging Fins to eat their meals standing up from time to time in a bid to combat health problems linked to a sedentary lifestyle, according to a report in the Guardian.

In a new publication called ‘Sit Less, Feel Better’, the ministry said. ‘Many things can be done in a standing position or walking around instead of sitting down. Standing up also works for reading a newspaper, eating, taking a coffee break and watching television.’