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Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

Mental health presents legal issues when crimes are committed, especially when dealing with killing or murder. Under Commonwealth law in Australia, unsoundness of mind can be used as a defence to a criminal charge. Application of this law means that people who are charged with a crime cannot enter a plea or be found guilty because of a mental disorder.Instead, they become forensic patients. For the courts to determine mental … Continue reading Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

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The complexities of Prosecuting War time Sexual Violence

photo credit ICTY. Rape as the spoil of war can be seen throughout history, sexual violence during the war is often committed with the intention of terrorising the population, break up families, and in some cases, it is done with the intention of changing the ethnic makeup of the next generation. Rape is also used to deliberately infect women with HIV or render women from some minority groups … Continue reading The complexities of Prosecuting War time Sexual Violence

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WHY DOES CHILD MARRIAGE HAPPEN?

photo credit, Zambian daily mail According to World Vision, Zambia has the highest rates of child marriages in the world, by the age of 18, 42% of the women between the age of 20-24 years were married. Currently, Zambia is ranked 16th among countries with the highest rates of child marriages in the world. The current marriage act has established a legal age for marriage, and … Continue reading WHY DOES CHILD MARRIAGE HAPPEN?

Protecting children from sexual abuse

  Statistics show that most sexual abuse cases are perpetrated by someone known to the child. So how do you protect your children in such an environment? Do you watch every person they come into contact with? Run background checks or just limit the contact they have with people? Surely you can’t cage your children in, and children need the love of their community to … Continue reading Protecting children from sexual abuse

“Smart Synthetic gel” provides glucose-responsive insulin delivery in diabetic mice

Main points    The technology capitalized on sugars responsiveness to properties of boronic acid. They created a synthetic polymer gel – based insulin delivery device with a single catheter. The catheter exhibits an artificial pancreas like function inside the body Subcut implantation of the device in healthy  and diabetic mice  creates a closed loop system that is composed of a continuous glucose sensing  and skin layer … Continue reading “Smart Synthetic gel” provides glucose-responsive insulin delivery in diabetic mice

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A closer look at Drug Addictions and Suicide in Perth

The Statistics  Methamphetamines numbers have tripled in the past five years, from about 90,000 to 268,000 regular and dependent methamphetamine users The result of the study was based on the number of people seeking treatment The number of users between the age of 15 and 24 has more than doubled  from 21,000 regular users to 59,000 regular users Accidental deaths involving Meth have increased sharply  since 2010, … Continue reading A closer look at Drug Addictions and Suicide in Perth

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Traditional Practices that have to stop | Breast Ironing

Breast Ironing is a practice performed by a mother, the breast of a girl going through puberty is pounded using tools such as spatulas, grinding stones, hot stones, and hammers. This is done to delay the girl’s development and to protect them from rape and other unwanted male attention. It is estimated that one in four girls in Cameroon suffer because of breast ironing. And while the practice … Continue reading Traditional Practices that have to stop | Breast Ironing