Author Archives: Tanya Baytor

10.15.14

How Public Health Can Help Tackle the NFL's Domestic Violence Epidemic

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  October marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In the wake of the National Football League’s (NFL’s) ongoing Ray Rice scandal and several incidents of domestic violence perpetrated by its players, this pressing issue is finally starting to grab the nation’s attention. To recap recent events, the NFL has been under fire for its mishandling of […]

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09.04.14

Ebola: The Global Health Tragedy of Our Times and How Law is Essential in Preventing Public Health Catastrophes

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By Ana Ayala and Tanya Baytor Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency and mobilizing international assistance to stop further spread of the virus, we continue to see the number of cases and deaths rise, particularly in the countries with the lowest resources, namely […]

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07.18.14

Learning from the CDC's Biosafety Breaches

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come under fire this past month for a series of biosafety problems reported by the country’s top government labs. Last week, the CDC released a report reviewing an incident that occurred in early June that involved the unintentional exposure of CDC personnel to potentially viable […]

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06.19.14

New Certificates in Food and Drug Law and U.S. Health Law!

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Starting in Fall 2014 Georgetown Law will offer two new certificate programs in Food and Drug Law and U.S. Health Law.   The Certificate in Food and Drug Law or the Certificate in U.S. Health Law may be completed as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with an LL.M. in Global Health Law or the General […]

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05.16.14

High Time for International Drug Policy Reform

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Marijuana laws and policies are beginning to undergo reform in Latin America and in some states in the U.S., such as Colorado and Washington, as policymakers shift from a strict prohibitionist approach to one that embraces both public health and human rights principles to tackle the illicit drug problem. Just this past week, the District […]

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03.05.14

Sounding the Alarm: CTE Risks Evident in Many Sports

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In the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, I wrote about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football and the role that law and policy may play in reducing concussions and protecting the health of athletes. Last week, concussions were back in the news as a groundbreaking study revealed that athletes in other sports – including […]

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02.01.14

Super Bowl Special: Tackling a Concussion Crisis

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  This Sunday the nation’s attention will turn to football as the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks face-off in the undisputed champion of yearly sporting events – the Super Bowl.  Like most, I am an avid football fan.  But, as a public health advocate, I struggle with the severe and sometimes fatal health risks […]

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01.24.14

The Need for a Closer Look at the Trillions of Calories Slashed from the American Marketplace

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  Earlier this month there was a flurry of excitement in the public health community when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that the nation’s largest food and beverage companies had cut trillions of calories from the American marketplace.  In 2010, as part of the industry group known as the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, […]

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12.06.13

Mexico's New National Soda Tax: A Test Case for Anti-Obesity Policies

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Last month in an effort to stem its soaring obesity rates, Mexico took bold public health action and passed a new soda and junk food tax. Beginning on January 1, 2014, Mexico will impose a national tax of one peso per liter (about 10 percent) on sugar-sweetened beverages and 8 percent on junk food. The […]

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10.18.13

Join Us for a Webinar on the LL.M. in Global Health Law

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Do you want to learn more about the LL.M. in Global Health Law at Georgetown Law? Caryn Voland, Director of Graduate Admissions and Tanya Baytor, Director of the Global Health Law LL.M. Program will be hosting an information session on October 30th, 2013 at 12 PM EST. Caryn and Tanya will provide an overview of […]

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