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Monthly Archives: April 2015

04.30.15

A growing HIV epidemic that could have been prevented right in our own back yard?

By Fernanda Alonso

On March 26th, the Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, declared a public health emergency in the rural southeast Scott County due to a severe outbreak of HIV. According to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), out of the 4,200 people that live in this community, 142 have been diagnosed with HIV since December—this in a county […]

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04.26.15

Sexually Transmitted Ebola: Another Reason to Stigmatize Survivors?

By Rebecca Reingold

As Ebola retreats in West Africa, medical investigators are focused on two women who died of the disease recently. Ruth Tugbah, a 44-year-old food seller with no known risk factors, developed Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia and died in late March. She was the first person to test positive for Ebola more than two weeks after […]

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04.24.15

The global burden of low back pain – more than just an irritation

By Katherine Shats

Is this really a public health issue? Am I just tired of writing about Ebola and traditional non-communicable diseases that I’ve decided to make low back pain, something that we’ve all experienced, into a public health problem? Maybe. Then again, did you know that low back pain is the leading cause of activity limitation and […]

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04.22.15

NEJM Perspective: "Patient CARE Act" Medicaid Block Grant Likely Unconstitutional

By O’Neill Institute

The Medicaid block grant proposed as part of the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment Act (“Patient CARE Act”) would radically transform Medicaid without the consent of states and would likely be considered unconstitutional, say two legal experts in a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective article published online today. Sara Rosenbaum, JD, the Harold […]

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04.21.15

The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law

By O’Neill Institute

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the launch of the launch of The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law. This commission’s focus is that law should be viewed as a major determinant of health and safety and can […]

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04.20.15

Personal Public Health

By Mary DeBartolo

The other week I recalled a presentation I made a few years ago in a law school seminar on one aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or “Obamacare,” if you must. As I was a dual degree student in the School of Public Health, I wanted to focus my presentation on […]

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04.17.15

Corporate behavior: an underlying driver of non-communicable diseases

By Sarah Roache

We are all increasingly aware of the vast array of tactics employed by the tobacco, alcohol, and junk food industries to encourage us to consume their hazardous products. For decades, Big Tobacco deliberately deceived the public about the dangers of smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. The alcohol industry targets products and advertising at young […]

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04.15.15

From JAMA Forum: Reforming the World Health Organization After Ebola

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and University Professor, Georgetown.  It was originally published by news@JAMA on April 14, 2015.  It is re-posted here with the permission of the author.  Any questions or comments can be directed to gostin@law.georgetown.edu. In September 2014, at the […]

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04.10.15

What I’ve Been Reading: Infectious Disease

By Brian Honermann

Looking back over the public health books I’ve read in the last few months, I realized a noticeable slant towards infectious disease. In this post I will share some of my favorite reads from the past 6 months or so. These range from a page-turning beach read (The Demon in the Freezer) to a classic work […]

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04.09.15

Get your popcorn.* The O’Neill Institute goes to the movies [Part I]

By Aliza Glasner

*you may want to wait until after you see these films to decide whether your popcorn of choice is safe to eat. Each summer, staff at the O’Neill Institute gather to informally enjoy and discuss films covering events in public health. In Part I of this season’s film series, we will focus on the role […]

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