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The things men are likely to buy when they’re going through a midlife crisis



Ah, the midlife crisis. Nothing like looming death to make you want to spice up your life, empty out your wardrobe, and finally buy a motorbike. A midlife crisis isn’t all about buying sports cars and dumping your wife for a younger model.

It’s a moment when people become keenly aware of their mortality, reflect on their lives, and question what they can accomplish in the rest of their lives. It can have serious ramifications on your relationships, your career, and your mental health. But all those sports car, new suit cliches are cliches for a reason.

Men very often do cope with a midlife crisis by buying wild and wonderful things. New research from Healthspan Ubiquinol has found that the average man will spend £2,106 during his midlife crisis, with a flashy holiday the most common purchase.

Researchers polled 1,000 men to find out what it’s like to go through a midlife crisis. More than half of men aged 40 and above said they’d gone through a midlife crisis, with the majority saying it hit around age 47.

As well as holidays, men struck by the curse of a midlife crisis were likely to buy designer clothes, a motorbike, tickets to a music festival, a new tattoo, and a gym membership.

The top 20 things men buy during a midlife crisis:

1. A holiday

2. A new gadget

3. A sports car

4. Designer clothes

5. A motorbike

6. Tickets to a concert or gig

7. A new tattoo

8. A trip traveling around the world

9. A gym membership

10. An Xbox/PlayStation/Games console

11. A designer watch

12. Tickets to a music festival

13. Major renovations to your home

14. Expensive or vintage alcohol

15. Sex toys

16. A new house/property

17. A new hairstyle/colour

18. A musical instrument

19. A new, expensive bike

20. Jewellery

One man polled blamed his midlife crisis for buying a £2,000 Armani suit, another said they’d spent £70,000 on a car, and one midlife crisis-er even bought a £1,800 albino python.

Psychologist Dr Meg Arroll explained: ‘Reaching midlife can act as a significant milestone for many men and is a time when some men become keenly aware of their own mortality.

T’his can result in a profound sense of turmoil and confusion as life may not have turned out as envisaged (it rarely does). ‘For some men, a way to cope with these feelings is to make life-changing decisions regarding relationships and money.

‘However, this period of introspection doesn’t necessarily have to be negative – for some men, middle age can in fact be positive, leading to more time spent with family, health kicks and getting back to once loved hobbies.’

In addition to inspiring some less then sensible purchases, the men surveyed revealed that their midlife crises changed their health and relationships.

37% said their relationships had lost their spark, 34% said they were more likely to argue with their partner, and one in five said they struggled to see the good in their relationships and family life.

48% said their energy levels dropped after reaching middle age, too. So that’s some fun stuff for us all to look forward to.

24 Hours Across Africa

India doctors embark on strike aimed better security



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Source: Reuters

Thousands of doctors across India went on strike on Friday to demand better security at hospitals days after junior doctors in the city of Kolkata were attacked, leaving services in many government-run health facilities paralyzed.


The state of West Bengal, of which Kolkata is capital, has been the worst hit by the strike with at least 13 big government hospitals affected.

The protests were sparked by an attack at the NRS Medical College in Kolkata on June 10 that left three junior doctors seriously injured after a dispute with a family whose relative had died.

Doctors demanding better security began a strike but their action was confined to the state until West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned them on Thursday, saying police did not strike when one of their colleagues was killed.

Banerjee’s remarks, which included a warning that junior doctors would be evicted from their college hostels if they did not go back to work, triggered a nationwide reaction.

The Indian Medical Association said the “barbaric” attack at the NRS reflected a national problem, and called for a countrywide protest. It also demanded legislation to safeguard doctors.

Nearly 30,000 doctors were on a one-day strike on Friday, most in West Bengal, New Delhi and the western state of Maharashtra, according to figures proved by medical associations.

The federal health minister, Harsh Vardhan, tried to calm the furor, promising better security at hospitals and calling on Banerjee to withdraw her ultimatum.

“I urge doctors to end their strike in the larger interest of society. I will take all possible measures to ensure a safe environment for them at hospitals across the country,” Vardhan said on Twitter.

India spent an estimated 1.4% of its gross domestic product on healthcare in 2017/18, among the lowest proportions in the world. Many millions of Indians depend on the cheap but inadequate public health system.

Saradamani Ray, whose 77-year old father is a patient at the NRS Medical College, said she would have to move him because of the strike.

“I will have to take my father somewhere else for his dialysis, maybe a private hospital,” she told Reuters.

“It will cause a lot of financial strain, but there’s nothing I can do. I will have to pay.”

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24 Hours Across Africa

Ebola still a nightmare in Congo



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Source: BBC

The head of a major medical research charity has called the latest outbreak of Ebola in central Africa “truly frightening”.


Nearly 1,400 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, said the epidemic was the worst since that of 2013-16 and has showed “no sign of stopping”.

Two people have also died in neighbouring Uganda, the first cases of Ebola reported in the country.

A five-year-old boy infected with the virus died on Tuesday and his 50-year-old grandmother died on Wednesday, the Ugandan health ministry said.

The Ugandan government has reported at least six other suspected cases of the virus.

In a statement, Dr Farrar said the spread was “tragic but unfortunately not surprising”. He warned that more cases were expected, and a “full” national and international response would be needed to protect lives.

“The DRC should not have to face this alone,” he said.

Since the first case of Ebola in DR Congo last August, nearly 1,400 people have died – around 70% of all those infected.

The outbreak is the second-largest in the history of the disease, with a significant spike in new cases in recent weeks.

Only once before has an outbreak continued to grow more than eight months after it began – that was the epidemic in West Africa between 2013-16, which killed 11,310 people.

Efforts to contain the spread have been hindered by militia group violence and by suspicion towards foreign medical assistance.

Nearly 200 health facilities have been attacked in DR Congo this year, forcing health workers to suspend or delay vaccinations and treatments. In February, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) put its activities on hold in Butembo and Katwa – two eastern cities in the outbreak’s epicentre.

In Uganda, a five-year-old boy died of the virus on Tuesday, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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