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Coronavirus: a history of pandemics in prison

Wed 29 April 2020

“As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc across the world, the alarm has been sounded in prisons too”, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative reported early in April. It wasn’t wrong. Jails are high-risk environments for disease, where pathogens are easily transmitted.

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The War on COVID–19: Lessons from Wartime

Thu 16 April 2020

Is the war on COVID-19 really like World War II? Mark Harrison, Professor of economics and expert on Russia and the Soviet bloc during the war years reflects on this comparison is an exert from his latest blog.

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Why women are still ‘the other’ in medicine

Fri 06 March 2020

Everything, throughout the history of medicine, from the profession’s origins, to the way drugs are tested and the diagnosis of medical conditions, works on a model where the male body is the default and the female body is ‘the other’. This is not equality says Dr Sarah Hillman, Academic Clinical Fellow at Warwick Medical School and GP registrar, who wants to see changes in the way that medicine considers women.

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In defence of the census

Thu 27 February 2020

The UK’s national statistician has suggested that next year’s census could be our last. After 200 years of officially documenting Britain’s households, it may be scrapped in favour of cheaper and easier ways of collecting the data. Professor Sarah Richardson from Warwick’s Department of History explains why we should mourn the loss of the decennial census.

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What exactly is a leap year and why is it important?

Wed 26 February 2020

You may know that every four years February gets an extra day and we have what’s called a “leap year”. But how are leap years calculated and who worked it out? Dr James McCormac, an expert in astrophysics from the University of Warwick’s Physics Department explains.

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