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Monthly Archives: December 2014

12.19.14

“Participation” means “hands-on”: UK Supreme Court Further Defines Who Can Conscientiously Object in the Context of Abortion

By Ana S. Ayala

Just two days ago, on December 17, 2014, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court ruled that two Catholic midwives did not have the right to conscientiously object to performing their supervisory duties in cases of abortion. As with many reproductive rights issues, the issue of conscientious objection in the context of abortion is highly polarizing. However, […]

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12.18.14

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

By Brian Honermann

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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12.11.14

Let's get physical! Using law and policy to promote physical activity

By Sarah Roache

Each year, approximately 3.2 million people die due to physical inactivity. Physical inactivity can lead to obesity, and is a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Modern lifestyles, predominately in developed countries, but increasingly in less developed countries too, are sedentary. Watching television, playing video-games, elevators, escalators, and […]

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12.09.14

Investing in brain sciences: the “who gets what?” questions of neuroethics

By Katherine Shats

Katherine Shats, Dan J. Stein, and James Giordano The United States’ Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative announced last year, seeks to infuse over $1billion (USD) to basic and clinical neuroscientific research agendas. Hailed as a “Big Science” agenda focusing on the “Grand Challenge” of furthering capabilities to both understand and affect the […]

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12.04.14

Time to end discriminatory and outdated ban for gay blood donors

By Fernanda Alonso

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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