Better human rights protections around the world for people with disabilities, but gaps remain

The first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) stands as one of the most quickly ratified human rights treaties in history. Globally, according to the United Nations (UN), approximately four billion people are affected by disability policy—including one billion persons with disabilities, one billion who are aging and […]

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Some women with psychotic disorders are more vulnerable around the time of menstruation

Mothers on the Edge, a recent documentary by Louis Theroux, told the stories of four new mothers admitted to specialist mental health units for a range of serious conditions including anxiety, depression and psychosis—triggered by recent motherhood. Hormonal changes that happen with childbirth, menopause and menstruation may trigger or exacerbate symptoms of psychosis. Levels of ovarian hormones in the blood […]

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Pig experiment raises ethical questions around brain damage

The brain is more resilient than previously thought. In a groundbreaking experiment published in this week’s issue of Nature, neuroscientists created an artificial circulation system that successfully restored some functions and structures in donated pig brains—up to four hours after the pigs were butchered at a USDA food processing facility. Though there was no evidence of restored consciousness, brains from […]

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Exemptions surge as parents and doctors do ‘Hail Mary’ around vaccine laws

At two public charter schools in the Sonoma wine country town of Sebastopol, more than half the kindergartners received medical exemptions from state-required vaccines last school year. The cities of Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Nevada City, Arcata and Sausalito all had schools in which more than 30 percent of the kindergartners had been granted such medical exemptions. Nearly three years ago, […]

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Spending too much time sitting down linked to around 50,000 deaths per year in the UK

Spending large amounts of time sitting or lounging around during the day is linked to around 50,000 deaths per year in the UK and the NHS spends in excess of £0.7bn per year treating the health consequences, suggests research from Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. A large proportion of […]

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