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Monthly Archives: May 2014

05.30.14

Greg Martin Interviews Lawrence Gostin on Global Health Law

By O’Neill Institute

Don’t miss the below video featuring Professor Lawrence Gostin as he discusses his new book, global health law, and career opportunities for new professionals in the field with Dr. Greg Martin.  Dr. Martin is the Director of Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV at the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Editor-in-Chief of Globalization and Health. Professor […]

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05.30.14

You're Invited – O'Neill Institute Summer Programs 2014!

By O’Neill Institute

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University invites you to our 2014 Summer Programs. Now in our third year, we are excited to present two programs this summer: (1) Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law and (2) US Health Reform – The Affordable Care Act. The Summer Programs convene […]

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05.23.14

The CIA’s Deadly Ruse: Murdered Health Workers and the Return of Polio

By Brian Honermann

In early 2011, a CIA-recruited Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, entered Osama Bin Laden’s compound posing as a Hepatitis B vaccination worker. His real intention was to gather samples of the Bin Laden family’s DNA to aid the CIA in locating the Al Qaeda leader. Although Dr. Afridi was apparently unsuccessful, the CIA’s actions would have […]

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05.21.14

Hey, Hey, FDA! What do we want? Better Sunscreen! When do we want it? Now!

By Michael Templeman

5 Facts on Skin Cancer, Sunscreen and U.S. Pharmaceutical Policy On my walk to the O’Neill Institute yesterday, I was stopped by a group of L’Oréal representatives handing out free samples of their latest sunscreen products along with information on the PASS Coalition, a lobbying effort on the part of cosmetic manufacturers and other consumer […]

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05.21.14

Can cigarettes teach us about french fries?

By Aliza Glasner

Obesity is a burgeoning global epidemic. Attributable worldwide deaths rose from 2.6 million in 2005 to 3.4 million in 2014. Drawing on decades of experience in the fight for global tobacco control, public health advocates are attempting an aggressive response to control a problem already tinkering on calamity. Today, at a meeting of the World […]

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05.16.14

High Time for International Drug Policy Reform

By Tanya Baytor

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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05.15.14

How low can we go? Six steps for an effective national salt reduction program

By Belinda Reeve

  Hypertension affects one-third of American adults; around 67 million people. High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke – the first and fourth most common causes of death in the US. Hypertension is not the inevitable by-product of aging; ‘chronic sodium intoxication’ is a significant contributor, i.e. the large […]

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05.09.14

Engaging the Budgetary Process through Socio-Economic Rights Litigation

By Brian Honermann

With the South African elections taking place on Wednesday and the ongoing saga of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, a relatively small but important judgment out of the High Court is likely to go unheralded. Assertions of insufficient resources have continually plagued socio-economic rights proponents. The ability to uphold socio-economic rights has always faced an […]

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05.09.14

Plight of the Rohingya in Burma: Time for Action

By Eric A. Friedman

Imagine a government that would take the only effective medical care away from part of its population for no reason other than that they are a reviled minority, forever outsiders, who are being subjected to murderous attacks – and the health providers could be witnesses to that violence. And that the organization providing the care […]

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05.02.14

The ACA: Towards “A State of Complete Physical, Mental and Social Well-Being”

By Ana S. Ayala

“Advancing the health of our nations is a fundamental commitment we make to all our people,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius in representation of the Americas before the World Health Assembly in May 2013. She then added, “[a]s President Obama recently reminded us, access to health care is ‘not some […]

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