Author Archives: Rebecca Reingold

08.23.15

"That Sugar Film": The O'Neill Institute Goes to the Movies

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Each summer, staff at the O’Neill Institute gather to informally enjoy and discuss films covering events in public health. This summer, the majority of the movies – Food, Inc., Fed Up and Food Chains – focused on the role that the food industry plays in shaping American eating habits.  The O’Neill Institute wrapped up its summer movie series with a […]

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07.24.15

The Abortion Drone: An Innovative Use of Technology to Advance Women’s Health

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This post was co-authored by Rebecca Reingold and Sandra Majestic. Last month, sexual and reproductive rights activists found a new use for drone technology. The Dutch NGO Women on Waves, in collaboration with other women’s rights organizations, coordinated the first “Abortion Drone”. The unmanned aerial vehicle flew packets of abortion pills from the German town […]

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06.30.15

Glossip v. Gross: When it comes to the death penalty, the Supreme Court remains divided

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The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term yesterday, handing down a decision that upholds the use of a controversial drug for lethal injection in executions. In recent years, the limited availability of substances used in lethal injection protocols – due to changes in the domestic production of these substances as well as tighter regulations in […]

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05.28.15

International Day of Action for Women’s Health: Our Health, Our Lives, Our Rights

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Today is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. Since 1987, the campaign has provided advocates with a space to identify gaps in the area of women’s health and coordinate calls to action. The collaborative calls to action have focused on a range of topics, including access to quality health care, access to safe […]

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04.26.15

Sexually Transmitted Ebola: Another Reason to Stigmatize Survivors?

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As Ebola retreats in West Africa, medical investigators are focused on two women who died of the disease recently. Ruth Tugbah, a 44-year-old food seller with no known risk factors, developed Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia and died in late March. She was the first person to test positive for Ebola more than two weeks after […]

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03.18.15

At the Intersection of Abortion, Advocacy & Pop Culture

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Even in countries where abortion has been legalized, women face numerous barriers when attempting to access the procedure. These include provider, facility, commodity, procedural, economic, information and stigma barriers. Stigma barriers are arguably the hardest to tackle, since they reflect deep-seated cultural values and judgments. Pop culture, however, can serve as a powerful tool for […]

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02.13.15

Physician-Assisted Suicide: An Update on Trends in Policy Reform

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Physician-assisted suicide is back in the news this month. On February 4th, a group of doctors and terminally ill patients filed a lawsuit asking a court to legalize aid in dying to terminally ill patients in the state of New York. On February 6th, Canada’s Supreme Court struck down a ban on physician-assisted suicide for […]

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01.21.15

WHEN MATURITY MATTERS: CASSANDRA’S CASE

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On January 8th, Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled that a 17-year-old named Cassandra does not have the right to refuse cancer treatment that her doctors believe will save her life. Cassandra learned from the doctors at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford that she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer that is common in children, […]

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