Sofia debates on how she would spend a billion pounds on research

Sofia Celaya asks “You have one billion pounds to spend on research: how you going to spend it?”   There are many fields of research in medicine that with appropriate funding could achieve a lot of good, however, one that really sticks out for showing great promise in having the ability to cure millions, but […]

Kitty Henderson discusses the case of Geronimo the Alpaca.

The case of Geronimo the Alpaca: a failure on DEFRA’s behalf or a media story exaggerated by those not familiar with the harsh reality of disease control?   On the 31st August at around 11am, the alpaca Geronimo was put down by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) vets following a four year […]

Lottie Leonard explains Social Norms

Social Norms   Social norms are what society have over time gradually viewed as a socially acceptable decision or way of acting, shared standards of acceptable behaviour by groups. They can be expressed by both informal understandings that govern the behaviour of members of a society, as well as be codified into rules and laws. […]

Lottie Leonard looks at the 1979 General Election

1979 General Election   The Labour government had come into power in 1974. Prime minister Harold Wilson was succeeded by Jim Callaghan in 1976. Labour leader Jim Callaghan’s parliamentary position had become gradually uncertain and by 1976 the government lost its formal majority, this was partially due to the by-election defeat, loss of two backbenchers […]

Kitty Henderson discusses the first equine herpesvirus outbreak in Valencia

Equine herpesvirus outbreak in Valencia What has been described as the “the most serious EHV-1 outbreak in Europe in decades” by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has recently occurred in Valencia, Spain. It was discovered after horses that had left the Spanish show jumping event CES Valencia Spring Tour on 14th February returned home and […]

Yola Brand asks – What is brain plasticity and how to physiotherapists utilise it?

What is brain plasticity and how do physiotherapists utilise it? Firstly, neuro physiotherapy is used for several reasons. It looks at disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves and can help people suffering after a stroke or someone with Parkinson’s. The main thing that physiotherapists do is give you exercises that you need […]

Is democracy experiencing a setback worldwide? Asks Frances Rigby

Is democracy experiencing a setback worldwide? As stated in ‘Democracy and Dictatorship Revisited’, a regime is able to be classified as democratic, providing the chief executive is selected through either a popular election, or is chosen by an elected body, the legislative body too, must be elected, and lastly, the electoral system must be competitive, […]

Olivia Sansom asks how violence in the Gaza Region has increased in recent weeks.

How has the violence in the Gaza Region increased in recent weeks?   Throughout history the Gaza region has been an area of dispute between Israel and Palestine. The conflict erupted in 2005 with the election of the Islamist political party Hamas in 2005 and 2006. Much of the world call Hamas a terrorist organisation. […]