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Monthly Archives: February 2014

02.28.14

Recap: Fire in the Blood by Dylan Gray

By Brian Honermann

On Wednesday evening, the O’Neill Institute and Doctors Without Borders hosted a film screening of Fire in the Blood, followed by a panel discussion. This post provides a recap of the main themes of the film. A video recording of the panel discussion that followed is available at the end of the post. Director Dylan Gray’s […]

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02.21.14

What is the best way (if any) to control health care costs in China?

By Di Wu

The public recently praised a Chinese doctor in Zhengzhou city because the 4 pills of anti-allergy drug that she prescribed cost only 4 Chinese cents (less than 1 US cent) to treat a 2-year-old patient’s rashes. Many Chinese netizens wish more doctors could behave like this one since expensive drugs are becoming prevalent to treat […]

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02.19.14

New Mexico Court Finds State Constitutional Right to Aid in Dying: State Becomes Fifth to Decriminalize Physician Prescription of Lethal Medications to Terminally Ill Patients

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by William Thanhauser, O’Neill Institute Research Assistant and Georgetown University Law Center J.D. Candidate ’14. For more information about this post, please contact wdt9@law.georgetown.edu. Last month, in the case Morris v. Brandenberg, the Second Judicial District Court of New Mexico granted an injunction prohibiting the state from prosecuting physicians that provide “aid […]

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02.14.14

Update on the Canadian National Breast Screening Study

By Brian Honermann

Last month, I wrote a blog post that discussed the value of asymptomatic breast cancer screening to public health. Essentially, several studies looking at all cause and breast cancer specific mortality outcomes from breast cancer screening programs – including meta-analysis from the Cochrane Group and the US Preventative Services Task Force – have identified generalized […]

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02.12.14

Do prescription drugs need a message?

By Aliza Glasner

The recent controversy surrounding a relatively new blood thinner called Pradaxa (dabigatran) centers not on the drug itself, but on the safety of the drug’s message. Brought to market as a superior product to the long-standing market leader, Coumadin (warfarin), Pradaxa is touted for its ability to treat atrial fibrillation without the inconvenience of frequent […]

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02.10.14

Toward a Smoke-Free Generation: FDA Launches Tobacco Education Campaign for Teens

By Ana S. Ayala

On February 11, 2014, the FDA launched “The Real Cost” education campaign, aimed at preventing at-risk youth from using tobacco and reducing the amount of teenagers who become regular smokers. In 2009, President Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, granting the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco. The campaign […]

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02.07.14

CVS’s Bold Move: Goodbye Tobacco, Hello Health Care

By Ana S. Ayala

 This week, the second-largest drugstore chain CVS Caremark Corp. (CVS) announced that it will stop selling tobacco products in its 7,600 pharmacies starting on October 1. The medical and tobacco control advocacy organizations applaud the decision, as it contributes to combatting tobacco consumption in the U.S. and exerts pressure on competitors to do the same. […]

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02.07.14

Taking the Fear Out of Cancer – World Cancer Day 2014

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Elizabeth Morse, O’Neill Institute Winter Intern, Dartmouth College ’15.  Any comments or questions about this post can be directed to elizabeth.l.morse.15@dartmouth.edu. “Cancer knows no boundaries, so we all must take responsibility for beating this devastating disease. Together it is possible.” -Cary Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Union For International Cancer Control (UICC) […]

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02.05.14

From POLITICO Magazine: Henry Waxman, the Unsung Hero in the Fight Against AIDS

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Timothy Westmoreland, Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and a Senior Scholar in health law at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.  It was originally published by POLITICO Magazine on February 4, 2014 and is re-posted here with permission of the author.  Professor Westmoreland was […]

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