In the news: Parkinson’s, knife crime and the male pill

Date: 29/03/2019 Written by: Rosie 2 minutes to read.
News review

A woman can 'sniff' out Parkinson's, the EU backs a controversial copyright law and an MP suggests that we use stop and search tactics in schools to tackle knife crime. In this blog we give an overview of some of the news stories which have caught our eye over the past few weeks.

The woman who can sniff out Parkinson’s

Joy Milne discovered she can smell Parkinson’s after she “noticed a change in her late husband Les’s scent” a decade before being diagnosed. Currently doctors are being “forced” to rely on symptoms alone to diagnose the condition early, however, scientists hope that after extensive tests with Joy, they can produce a “non-invasive diagnosis test for Parkinson’s.”

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EU backs controversial copyright law

This week saw the EU back a copyright law that many have said could “change the internet”. The new rules will hold tech firms “responsible” for content uploaded without “copyright permission”. It has divided opinions with some stating that it will “compensate artists fairly” whereas others have slammed the new law saying it will “destroy user-generated content”.

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Use stop and search in schools to tackle knife crime, MP suggests

41 fatal stabbings took place in England and Wales during the first two months of 2019. The chair of the education select committee has suggested earlier this week that “Stop and Search” could be used in schools to help tackle the rising issue. This announcement comes just before a night of “terrifying violence” in London as six people were stabbed across the capital in a single night.

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Global measles resurging, WHO warns

A recent report has revealed that there has been an increase of 30% in measels cases between 2016 and 2017. Although the measles vaccines can prevent the illness from spreading, experts have pinned the rise of cases down to “complacency, collapsing health systems and a rise in fake news” Dr Soumya Swaminathan, of the WHO has stated that we – as a global population – risk losing “decades of progress in protecting children and communalities” from deadly – but entirely preventable – diseases.

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Male pill – Why are we still waiting?

This week a birth control for men has passed “initial human safety tests”. Although promising, experts have stated that this form of contraception could “still take a decade to bring it to market”. Concerns over trust in the males taking this new form of contraception have been voiced in the past, with a UK survey by Angila Ruskin University back in 2011 finding that 70 out of 134 would “worry that their male partner would forget to take a pill”.

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