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02.19.15

How many scientists and lawyers does it take to regulate a cigarette package?

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This week, we have seen yet another example of tobacco industry intimidation tactics being used to stop a government from enacting laws that will save lives and protect the public health. The Irish government announced that it is introducing plain packaging legislation, following through on its goal of becoming the first country in the European […]

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01.29.15

A year into the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado

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On January 22, President Obama stated in regards to marijuana legislation “What I am doing is asking my Department of Justice just to examine generally how we are treating nonviolent drug offenders. Because I think you’re right, what we have done is instead of focusing on treatment, the same way we focused say with tobacco […]

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01.21.15

Concussions and College Sports: Time for the NCAA to Step Up to the Plate

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By Tanya Baytor, Katherine Shats and James Giordano   In the midst of playoffs games for the National Football League (NFL), last weekend a New York Times article highlighted recent rule changes designed to protect quarterbacks and receivers from debilitating injuries like concussions. And on Monday, questions arose as to whether Seattle’s quarterback played through […]

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12.18.14

The Public Health Implications of Normalized U.S.-Cuba Relations

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Many thanks to Sarah Roache, O’Neill Institute Law Fellow, for her invaluable insights into legal interventions to prevent NCDs. In January 1959, after half a decade of armed revolution, Fidel Castro’s 26th of July Movement took control of Cuba from Fulgencio Batista, a president with increasingly dictatorial tendencies. Relations between the United States and Castro’s […]

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12.04.14

Time to end discriminatory and outdated ban for gay blood donors

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In 1983, during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, the FDA introduced a lifetime exclusion of sexually active men who have sex with men (MSM) as prospective blood donors. At this time, the ascertainment of HIV status was not possible and not a lot was known about the disease. More than three decades later, we […]

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10.17.14

Counterfeiting Ebola: Fakes, Frauds and other Malarkey

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Photo Courtesy of Reuters   This Oped was written by Michelle Ratpan and originally appeared on OpedSpace. Michelle works as a Litigation Specialist for the Integrity Vice Presidency of the World Bank and is a graduate of the Global Health Law and International Institutions LLM Program (2010). In the following Oped, Michelle examines the current […]

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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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10.08.14

New Online Resource: "The Ebola Outbreak: A Global Conversation and Resources"

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The current outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has captured the world’s attention for the past several months.  Centered in West Africa (with a few isolated cases in the United States and Europe), this ongoing crisis has been deemed a “public health emergency of international concern” as well as a global security threat.  As national governments […]

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10.01.14

From TIME: Ebola Co-Discoverer Peter Piot: ‘This Was an Avoidable Catastrophe’

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This post originally appeared in TIME on October 1, 2014.  Professor Peter Piot is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and former Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. He co-discovered Ebola in 1976.  The text is re-posted here, in part, with the permission of the author.  […]

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09.18.14

Eight Gaps in the International Response to the West African Ebola Crisis Following U.S. Troops and UN Needs Assessment

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This post was written by Eric A. Friedman, O’Neill Institute Associate, Lawrence O. Gostin, O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Sarah Roache, O’Neill Institute Law Fellow and Daniel Hougendobler, O’Neill Institute Law Fellow. For questions or comments about this post please contact Lawrence Gostin at gostin@law.georgetown.edu. Yesterday, on the same day that the United Nations issued an appeal for […]

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