05.20.19

Today’s Worst International Crimes and How You Can Respond: Part I

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The gravest of crimes – crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide itself. Ongoing, perpetrators not held accountable, victims still in desperate need, U.S. complicity, indifference. All continue a long and tragic situation of too little action for crimes that are often too large to truly fathom. All demand that we speak up. And from the […]

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05.17.19

Epidemiology Makes It to Court: from Tobacco to Herbicides

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Image courtesy of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University  Can companies be held responsible for cancer caused by their herbicides? Courts have been saying yes, and the latest verdict came from a jury in state court in Oakland, California. Last week, they ordered Bayer to pay more than $2 billion in damages […]

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05.17.19

May 19th is NATIONAL HEPATITIS TESTING DAY – Get vaccinated. Get tested. Get treated. Get CURED!

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This Sunday, May 19th, is National Hepatitis Testing Day. The day reminds us of the significant health threat viral hepatitis can be, the means of prevention and treatment of infections, and the importance of regular screenings. The U.S. saw approximately 4,000 new cases of Hepatitis A in 2016. Hepatitis A (HAV) causes headache, fatigue, and […]

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05.15.19

A tale of two sentiments two weeks after FDA permits the sale of IQOS

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It’s been just over two weeks since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the sale of Philip Morris’ IQOS heated tobacco product (HTP) system in regular tobacco and menthol flavors. It’s also been exactly two years since the premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) for this product that creates an aerosol (not smoke) from […]

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05.09.19

Business, Human Rights and the Environment

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Image courtesy of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer The impact of human (and industrial) activity on the environment has been at the core of debates among environmentalists for a long time, but it has also started gaining projection within the human rights space. Last month, for example, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet gave a […]

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05.07.19

Vaccines & Adolescent Decision-Making: Part 1

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The current measles outbreak – the largest since the disease was eliminated from the U.S. in 2000 – is inspiring the adolescent children of some anti-vaxxers to take unprecedented action. A teen in Ohio began to question his mother’s decision not to vaccinate her children in 2018 and, after conducting his own research, decided to […]

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05.07.19

Health and safety at workplaces: an opportunity for a joint effort

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Last April 29 was the first official world day for safety and health at work. The International Labor Organization inspired by its centenary anniversary, attempted, with the establishment of this date, to reaffirm the importance of a healthier workforce as a prerequisite for a brighter future of work and a more sustainable development. It was […]

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05.06.19

Controlling for Measles on College Campuses in Los Angeles and Nationally

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This article was written by: Lawrence O. Gostin, James G. Hodge, Jr., Jonathan Fielding, Scott C. Ratzan, and Barry R. Bloom On April 25, 2019, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced public health powers impacting dozens of students infected with, or exposed to, measles at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) […]

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04.24.19

The possibility of 1 day in jail guarantees legal representation. The possibility of death does not.

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Under the U.S. Constitution’s 6th and 14th Amendments, and as interpreted over the years by the Supreme Court, a person has the right to an attorney if it is possible that they could be sentenced to even a single day in prison. So you would think if a court case could lead, in effect, to […]

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04.22.19

Making gender equity in the health workforce a priority

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While gender issues have been at the top of the global agenda, there are few comprehensive studies on gender in the health and social workforce at the global level. The WHO had recently released a study in 104 countries that found that seven out of ten health and social workers are women, and unpaid care […]

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