Fluctuating capacity and the Mental Capacity Act

The RCPsych Article of the Month for July is from BJPsych Advances and is entitled ‘Fluctuating capacity: the concept of micro- and macro-decisions’ by Martin Curtice.


Summer brassicas in lactating dairy cows diet

The animal Article of the Month for August is “Milk production responses and rumen fermentation of dairy cows supplemented with summer brassicas” by M.…


Malnutrition & Obesity – is personalization the answer?

July’s Paper of the Month is from the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society and is entitled: ‘Current metabolic perspective on malnutrition in obesity: towards more subgroup-based nutritional approaches?’ by Ellen E.…


Policy and the Dimensionality of Congressional Roll Call Voting

In a recent opinion piece on Bloomberg.com, Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Obama Administration, suggested that the Covid-19 pandemic would be an unprecedented Political Science experiment that would test whether the threat of the virus could overcome the polarisation of American political parties.…


Race before Darwin: Variation, adaptation and the natural history of man in post-Enlightenment Edinburgh, 1790–1835

The late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries provide a particularly enlightening example of the ways that the meaning of race can shift and change in surprising ways over time.


The Meaning of ‘Slavery’ and its Consequences

The 1926 Slavery Convention fixed the definition of the term ‘slavery’ in international law. Article 1 (1) of the Convention states that ‘slavery is the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised’.…


Suspension of Labour Rights during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Possible Implications under the Revised Draft

Introduction Many state governments of India have amended their labour laws in the wake of the economic crisis posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.…


The Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project (TISP): documenting the discovery of a lost kingdom in Anatolia from the Late Bronze and Iron Ages

“The Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project (TISP), led by James Osborne (University of Chicago), was begun in 2019 and determined that the site might not just be big, but among the very largest sites in Anatolia during the Late Bronze and Iron Ages…” One of the paradoxes of archaeology is that, although understanding of the past is usually achieved only after years of painstaking work, once in a blue moon something may be found that instantly changes one’s theories or suddenly leads to completely new research avenues.…


What are the avenues for corporate liability for COVID-19-related human rights abuses?

This post was originally published on the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s website and can be accessed here.  The devastating human rights implications of the global COVID-19 pandemic have been thoroughly documented: Civil society has exposed the failure of many governments to protect their citizens and of many businesses to respect human rights in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights.…


Growing numbers of alcohol related hospital admissions linked to local spending cuts

A new study by King’s College London, published in The British Journal of Psychiatry has shown an association between increases in alcohol related hospital admissions and decreases in spending on alcohol services since they came under the responsibility of local authorities in 2012.


How to refine immunological memory to tackle the malaria parasite

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is “IgM+ memory B cells induced in response to Plasmodium berghei adopt a germinal centre B cell phenotype during secondary infection“ Malaria remains one the most serious infectious diseases of humans with ~200 million clinical cases every year.  The infection is transmitted to humans by the bite of Anopheles mosquitoes that are infected with parasites of the genus Plasmodium.…