Since the 1960s, the U.S. Supreme Court has played a major role in establishing, expanding and defending American women’s reproductive rights. From Griswold v. Connecticut to Gonzales v. Carhart, the Court developed a line of jurisprudence that protects women’s rights to contraception, to abortion, and to bear a child. This term, the Court is considering 2 […]
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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant and largely hidden public health issue. It results in an approximated 373,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States with 99,000 survivors classified as disabled and costs an estimated 48.3 billion US dollars with most experts agreeing that these figures are underestimates of the true problem. TBI has […]
Yesterday the White House released the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017. It includes a $5 million funding increase to the CDC and a $9 million increase to HRSA to support viral hepatitis prevention and treatment initiatives, with an emphasis on addressing the Hepatitis C epidemic. The $5 million at CDC will fund increased efforts […]
In his final State of the Union Address, President Obama told Congress, “Right now, we are on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS, and we have the capacity to accomplish the same thing with malaria — something I’ll be pushing this Congress to fund this year.” HIV experts applauded the President’s elevation of HIV/AIDS […]
This blog was jointly prepared by Eric A. Friedman and Lawrence O. Gostin. The world having agreed to universal health coverage as a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals, a basic question becomes: Coverage of what? A traditional approach to answering this question is to focus on cost-effectiveness. Start with a given resource envelope. […]
Hepatitis C is a contagious, bloodborne viral infection that causes inflammation in the liver. Many people with Hepatitis C are unaware of their infection because they can remain asymptomatic for years. However, if left untreated, a chronic Hepatitis C infection can cause severe scarring of the liver – called cirrhosis – liver cancer or death. […]
Yesterday, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times reported on a recent survey of the problems Americans face with medical bills. The survey, conducted by The New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation, shows a cascade of financial troubles due to many individuals and households paying substantial medical bills. In the survey, 20 percent […]
December 1 marks World AIDS Day. This day is an opportunity not only to support and advocate for the more than 1.2 million people who are currently living with HIV and AIDS in the United States, but also to spotlight the need for preventing new HIV infections. There have been approximately 50,000 new HIV infections […]
A fundamental purpose of the law is to provide individuals with the tools and means to achieve the highest possible standard of life and to empower those least able to enforce their rights. Individuals make numerous permanent and life-changing decisions everyday without interference and indeed, many of us gauge our notion of freedom on our […]
Interested in how law could be used to address a global health issue? Don’t let one of my biggest academic regrets become yours! One of my biggest regrets from my years in undergraduate and graduate school is that I did not get to know my professors well and get involved in their research. I always felt awkward […]
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