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Monthly Archives: June 2014

06.30.14

The Supreme Court Deals a Blow to the Affordable Care Act and Access to Contraceptives

By Brian Honermann

This morning the Supreme Court handed down its most anticipated decision of the term.Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. v. Hobby Lobby Stores, et al. dealt with the application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to the contraceptive mandate established under regulations promulgated by HHS under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). […]

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06.27.14

Public health in our backyard: How would DC rank if it were a country?

By Brian Honermann

Those of us who work in global health too often forget about the burden of disease much closer to home. In an attempt to remind us of our own public health crises, this post will examine the public health landscape of the District of Columbia (home of the O’Neill Institute), asking the question: how would DC rank […]

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06.27.14

New York’s Ban on Large Sodas Put to Rest in NY’s Highest Court

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Fernanda Alonso, O’Neill Institute Research Assistant. Comments or questions about this post can be directed to  fa265@georgetown.edu. On June 26, 2014, New York’s highest court refused to reinstate New York City’s ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugar drinks. This bill—passed on March 12, 2012 by eight members […]

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06.21.14

On the Pseudo-Science of the Organic Food Movement

By Brian Honermann

I should premise this entire post on food safety profiles of organic and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), by stating that you will find no heroes here nor any side to root for. Both the organic industry and the GMO industry have evolved substantial villains – some of whom are identifiable and some of whom are essentially […]

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06.19.14

3 Reasons Anyone Interested in Health Law Should Join Our Summer Programs

By O’Neill Institute

There are many reasons to consider joining us for this year’s O’Neill Institute Summer Programs. Here are three: 1) Our topics are highly relevant to legal practitioners, policy-makers, and scholars, alike: Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law (July 14-18) and US Health Reform – The Affordable Care Act (July 21-25). Our unique programs are structured to give you both […]

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06.19.14

New Certificates in Food and Drug Law and U.S. Health Law!

By Tanya Baytor

Starting in Fall 2014 Georgetown Law will offer two new certificate programs in Food and Drug Law and U.S. Health Law.   The Certificate in Food and Drug Law or the Certificate in U.S. Health Law may be completed as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with an LL.M. in Global Health Law or the General […]

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06.12.14

The 2014 World Cup: Scoring a goal for public health?

By Brian Honermann

Beginning today, Brazil will play host to the world’s most-watched sporting event, the football World Cup. 3.7 million Brazilian and foreign tourists are expected to travel throughout Brazil during the World Cup, and nearly half the world’s population is anticipated to tune in for the tournament. Some effects are intuitive: worker productivity plummets, while hungry (and […]

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06.12.14

7 things YOU can and SHOULD do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs

By Aliza Glasner

 The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant. Here is a hypothetical illustration. Mr. X. has a sore throat. He buys some […]

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06.12.14

Global Health and Human Rights Database Webinar Hosted by the World Bank Institute

By O’Neill Institute

The Global Health and Human Rights Database is a free online database of law from around the world relating to health and human rights. With the collaboration of a worldwide network of partners—including NGOs, academics and private researchers—the database offers an interactive, searchable, and fully indexed website of case law, national constitutions and international instruments. […]

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06.06.14

Bolivian Zebras for Road Safety: Saving Lives One Stripe at a Time

By Ana S. Ayala

Early one morning, as I walked the streets of La Paz, Bolivia, last week, I was pleasantly surprised when I ran into a pack of zebras crossing the street right in front of me. Zebras in Bolivia, you say? Well, not quite. As in turns out, what are known as Las Cebras de La Paz […]

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