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Scotland's papers: Sperm count 'collapse'

Britain and rest of the Western world is heading for a "male fertility crisis" after sperm counts dived by more than half in the past four decades, according to the i newspaper, which quotes from the latest study published in the medical journal Human Reproduction.

The Herald says that young people today are at risk of becoming a new "Trainspotting generation" amid a fresh wave of social security sanctions and the rise of zero-hours contracts, as the paper cites a new study looking into the number of drug deaths in Scotland.

The National uses the same study to say that the former Conservative government, run by Margaret Thatcher, is responsible for the premature death of hundreds of working class Scottish men.

Meanwhile, Ruth Davidson has spoken out against the homophobic abuse she has suffered since becoming Tory leader in Scotland and fears that growing levels of online hate could put women off a career in politics, writes The Scotsman.

Diesel drivers on congested roads in towns and cities across the UK face new pollution taxes under UK government plans, which will ultimately herald the end of the traditional car, proclaims The Telegraph.

Vegan campaigners are free to brand British milk production as "inhumane" after a ruling by the advertising regulator. The Times says the ruling comes after dairy farmers argued that an advert stating "humane milk is a myth — don't buy it" was inaccurate. However, the Advertising Standards Authority disagreed.

The Daily Record publishes a harrowing image of multiple sclerosis sufferer Billy Barclay lying contorted and wracked by pain in bed on its front page. The paper says the picture was taken by his desperate daughter, Barbara Gallacher, who says her father has fallen through the cracks of a "broken care system".

The Scottish health watchdog has backed a woman who said she had to "beg" health officials at the Victoria Hospital in Fife to perform on a CT scan on her injured husband after he fell. The Courier reports that the ombudsman said Rab Blackwood had received inadequate care following the injury in 2015.

Women have been warned to drink less than a unit of alcohol a day or risk getting breast cancer, according to the Scottish Daily Mail.

The Scottish Daily Express leads with the news that an "eager" Donald Trump has predicted that a "very big and exciting" trade deal with Britain is on the way.

Love Island champions Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay have revealed to The Scottish Sun the secret of their success on the ITV2 show, which proved the unlikely hit of the summer.

The Daily Star also devotes its front page to the couple and claims that the pair have pledged to hold a lavish "shotgun wedding" before Christmas.

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