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Promoting health through the life course

Many rape victims experience 'paralysis' during assault

Many sexual assault victims experience an involuntary inability to move during rape, and those who do are more likely to later develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, Swedish researchers say. “Victims tend to blame themselves for not resisting, so the fact that 7 out of 10 have paralysis is useful to know,” said lead study author Dr. Anna Moller. Past studies indicate that humans can similarly feel paralyzed when under attack or in other life-threatening circumstances, experiencing temporary, involuntary immobility that may also involve a dissociated, catatonic-like mental state. “In court situations, a lot of focus is given to whether the victim consented to the intercourse or not,” Moller said. “This paralysis and passiveness should not be considered consent”

June 15, 2017

Medical app aims to tackle rape, flag war crimes in conflict-torn Congo

Activists behind an app designed to assist doctors document evidence of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo aim to go beyond obtaining justice for rape victims and collect data which could help secure prosecutions for war crimes. Developed by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), MediCapt allows clinicians to record medical examination results digitally and photograph victims` injuries, store them online and send them directly to law enforcement officials and lawyers

June 14, 2017

In Poland, Being a Woman Can Be Bad for Your Health

After last year’s attempt to impose a near-total ban on abortion, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has introduced a bill to limit sales of emergency contraception, or the “morning-after pill,” which can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, including in cases of rape. Under the pretence of ensuring quality health care, Poland’s Minister of Health said the law is to allow women to get medical advice about “whether these substances negatively affect health.” In reality, it is a pretext to further limit reproductive choice

June 6, 2017
Human Rights Watch

Rape victims in U.S. made to pay part of the medical bill

Women who have been sexually assaulted in the U.S. often bear some costs for testing and other medical treatment when they report rape to authorities, a new study says. Victims with private insurance pay on average $950, or 14% of the cost of medical services, and the insurers pay the balance, researchers found. With other violent crimes, victims are not responsible for paying for the damage that results from the crime. The financial burden adds to the emotional burden of the assault

April 20, 2017

REVEALED: Domestic violence, sexual abuse make women more vulnerable to HIV

Domestic violence and sexual abuse increases the risk of HIV among women, a new report by UNAIDS has revealed. A lack of access to education and health services and a lack of decision-making power are contributing factors to women’s vulnerability to HIV, the report concluded

March 10, 2017
The Cable Nigeria

South Africa’s rape epidemic

In a study published in November, by the University of Witwatersrand and Sonke Gender Justice, 2,600 men in Diepsloot were surveyed anonymously. An astonishing 38% admitted to having used force or threats to obtain sex in the preceding year. Add those who said they had beaten, hurt or threatened to use a weapon against a women and the share jumped to 54% and these men said they had committed such crimes more than once

March 9, 2017
The Economist

There’s a Global Rape Epidemic and There Are Few Laws to Prevent it

A report released last week entitled ‘The World’s Shame’ by the international human rights organization Equality Now, has revealed the inadequacy of laws all over the world to protect women against sexual violence. Over a lifetime, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence – regardless of age, background or country. According to UNICEF, one in 10 girls – around 120m – experience rape or sexual assault globally

March 8, 2017
Global Citizen

Bangladesh law allowing child brides may legitimize rape: charities

Child rights groups said a new Bangladeshi law that lets under-age girls marry their rapists for ‘the greater good of the adolescent’ may put more children at risk of sexual abuse. Legitimizing marriage for young rape victims in the name of ‘honour’ does nothing to protect their bodies or their rights, advocates said

March 1, 2017

Women and child migrants raped, beaten and detained in Libyan 'hellholes': UNICEF

Armed groups have taken effective control of the detention centres for migrants and political chaos now reigns in Libya. These groups run their own centres, competing and cooperating with criminal gangs and smugglers, according to the United Nations

February 28, 2017

Non communicable diseases

Mystery clot reveals a helpful mutant gene in a hunt for a cure

A discovery in Italy of the case of a man who had a tiny change in his DNA that intensified the power of a protein called IX. In this man, this ‘super factor IX’ caused his blood to clot too easily. But for an estimated 26,000 people in the world with haemophilia B, a lack of the protein leaves them vulnerable to extreme bleeding where minor injuries become life threatening. Spark Therapeutics and its partner Pfizer released data showing that in 10 haemophilia B patients receiving the gene treatment, the average annual number of bleeds fell by 96%, to less than one a year. Since entering the trial the patients have not has to get infusions of the protein and they are planning to move the therapy into final stage trials    

April 11, 2017

Health systems

EU recommends suspending hundreds of drugs tested by Indian firm

Europe’s medicines regulator has recommended the suspension of more than 300 generic drugs and drug applications due to unreliable tests conducted by Indian contract research firm Micro Therapeutic Research labs. The decision is the latest blow for India’s drug testing industry, which has run into a series of problems with international regulators in recent years

March 25, 2017

Communicable diseases

FDA approves new antibiotic to treat serious skin infections

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for patients with acute bacterial skin infections, made by privately held Melinta Therapeutics. The drug, Baxdela, or delafloxacin, is designed to treat skin and skin structure infections caused by a range of bacteria, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA

June 19, 2017

Bill and Melinda Gates are placing bets on this biotech in the race to develop a Zika vaccine

The US Department of Health and Human Services has provisionally agreed to put in $125m to underwrite Moderna’s attempt to make a vaccine for Zika. The Gates Foundation has pledged to give Moderna Therapeutics up to $100m to develop mRNA-based vaccines for infectious diseases. The company claims it can direct cells to develop whatever protein it chooses, in effect, turning a body’s own cells into miniature factories, capable of developing the therapeutic proteins necessary to fight infections and heal diseases

May 19, 2017