how football helps men with mental health

A five-a-side football initiative in Wigan is thriving because it gives men who might have become isolated an outlet In 2017 Peter Hill set up Place2Place FC, a five-a-side team in Wigan for men facing challenging circumstances. It followed the loss of his best friend to suicide in 2014. Two more friends took their lives…

Dating app based on genetic matching not eugenics, scientist says

A Harvard academic says the app he designed can prevent rare, hereditary diseases – and sinister interpretations are ‘ridiculous’ A Harvard academic who designed a dating app based on gene-matching has said it was “ridiculous” to compare it to eugenics. George Church’s dating app proposes to match users based on their DNA in an attempt…

Why are there so few prisoners in the Netherlands?

The Dutch justice system is cutting jail populations by offering specialist rehabilitation to people with mental illnesses When Stefan Koning, who has a history of psychosis, was found guilty of threatening a stranger with a knife, a long custodial sentence might have felt like the only answer. In fact, after a short spell in jail,…

Kim Joy’s recipe for autumnal arctic roll

A chocolatey, fruity, frosty delight as the nights draw in This isn’t as tricky as it looks. Ideally your chocolate swiss roll won’t crack, but if it does, the ganache will cover up any flaws. Decorate the top however you like, to create your own autumnal scene. DOES THE END REALLY JUSTIFY THE MEANS IN…

The strange world of Black Voices for Trump

The president only won a paltry 8% of the black vote in 2016, but the organisation has powerful friends – so who are the people on its advisory board? On 8 November in Atlanta, the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Donald Trump stood up to make his pitch to black voters. “I’m thrilled to be…

The female problem: how male bias in medical trials ruined women’s health

Centuries of female exclusion has meant women’s diseases are often missed, misdiagnosed or remain a total mystery From the earliest days of medicine, women have been considered inferior versions of men. In On the Generation of Animals, the Greek philosopher Aristotle characterised a female as a mutilated male, and this belief has persisted in western…

The five: exercises to help avoid an early death

Easy-to-access activities that help to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and the risk of heart disease Running DOES THE END REALLY JUSTIFY THE MEANS IN ALL CASES Last week, research published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that running can reduce the risk of early death regardless of how long or at what speed…