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Monthly Archives: February 2015

02.26.15

An "Epidemic Within an Outbreak:" The Mental Health Consequences of Infectious Disease Epidemics

By Brian Honermann

  Most infectious disease epidemics target the body, and thus epidemic response focuses on preventing the spread of infection and attempting to heal those who have become ill. However, even where pathogenesis disregards the brain, an epidemic can still sicken the mind. A silent epidemic of mental illness often accompanies outbreaks of infectious disease. Here […]

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02.26.15

Getting the public's attention: creative public health campaigns

By Fernanda Alonso

This month, soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimović, striker for Paris-Saint-Germain and captain of the Swedish national team, joined the latest campaign for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The campaign, 805 Million Names, is built around the 50 names symbolically representative of the 805 million people suffering from hunger around the world today and the […]

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02.24.15

Celebrating 10 years of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Sam Byfield, a Senior Policy Advisor (LiveLighter) at the National Heart Foundation of Australia (Western Australia), and an Associate of the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne. For questions regarding this post please contact sambyfield@gmail.com. On 27 February, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will celebrate […]

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02.20.15

Tackling NCDs in low- and middle-income countries: A public health lawyer's essential partners

By Sarah Roache

International public health lawyers are increasingly called upon to formulate and advise on legal interventions to tackle noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries. From smoke-free place laws, to taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, to zoning laws that encourage active transport, legal interventions are important tools to address NCD risk factors such as tobacco use, […]

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02.19.15

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

By Katherine Shats

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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02.13.15

Physician-Assisted Suicide: An Update on Trends in Policy Reform

By Rebecca Reingold

Physician-assisted suicide is back in the news this month. On February 4th, a group of doctors and terminally ill patients filed a lawsuit asking a court to legalize aid in dying to terminally ill patients in the state of New York. On February 6th, Canada’s Supreme Court struck down a ban on physician-assisted suicide for […]

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02.12.15

Five observations on the Ebola Special Session Resolution

By Mary DeBartolo

The Executive Board of the World Health Organization recently finished its special session on the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa and its 136th regular session. Significantly, the Executive Board adopted a resolution, EBSS3.R1 (Ebola Resolution), during the special session. This Resolution makes significant pronouncements and calls for a broad range of actions. However, a […]

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02.06.15

From HealthLawProf Blog: Guest Blogger Professor Lawrence O. Gostin – Science, Choice, and Parental Rights in Conflict: The Vaccination Debates

By O’Neill Institute

This post originally appeared on the HealthLawProf Blog. The original blog can be found here. The values of public health, personal choice, and parental rights have collided in an intense debate over mandatory vaccinations. Senator Rand Paul argued that parents have the right to choose: “The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children.” […]

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02.03.15

Danger in the Dietary Supplement Aisle. Again.

By Aliza Glasner

Good news? Walmart may be next in line to help police the dietary supplement industry. Let me explain. Yesterday, the NY state attorney general’s office accused four national retail chains – GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart – of selling fraudulent and mislabeled dietary supplements based on findings that four out of five of the products […]

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