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Monthly Archives: May 2015

05.29.15

Put away your cigarettes and lighters, May 31 is World #NoTobacco Day!

By Ana S. Ayala

This Sunday, put away your cigarettes and lighters and turn on your “reflecting caps.” May 31 marks World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), one of the eight major global health days observed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other public health advocates worldwide. On this day, we reflect on the various health risks associated with […]

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05.29.15

INDONESIA HAS IT BACKWARD: IT’S NOT E-CIGARETTES THAT’S THE PROBLEM BUT SMOKING

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by O’Neill Institute Executive Director, Oscar Cabrera and O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Lawrence O. Gostin. Any questions about this post can be directed to cabrera@law.georgetown.edu or gostin@law.georgetown.edu. Indonesia recently announced that it will institute a nationwide ban on e-cigarettes. It might seem that banning an addictive and harmful, nicotine-delivering product that […]

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05.28.15

International Day of Action for Women’s Health: Our Health, Our Lives, Our Rights

By Rebecca Reingold

Today is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. Since 1987, the campaign has provided advocates with a space to identify gaps in the area of women’s health and coordinate calls to action. The collaborative calls to action have focused on a range of topics, including access to quality health care, access to safe […]

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05.28.15

Not your grandmother’s Salmonella. Avoid the risk. Safety tips for summer eating.

By Aliza Glasner

On a recent PBS Frontline investigating the “Trouble with Chicken,” food safety expert Caroline Smith Dewaal of the Center for Science in the Public Interest explained that “the strains of salmonella that are showing up on … chicken aren’t the ones our grandmothers knew about, they are tougher, stronger and many of them are antibiotic […]

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05.27.15

JAMA Forum: Critical Choices for the WHO After the Ebola Epidemic

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Lawrence O. Gostin. It originally appeared in JAMA Forum. The original posting can be found here. In the aftermath of an unconscionably inadequate response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, this year’s World Health Assembly was seen as critically important to the future of the […]

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05.21.15

Can we please stop fixating on weight loss as the solution to the obesity epidemic?

By Katherine Shats

Last Friday, I felt very uneasy when I came across an article in the Washington Post about the obesity epidemic, in which a doctor declared that “exercise alone won’t make you lose weight”. Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist, writes that despite an ever-growing fitness industry, obesity continues to surge around the world. Focusing solely on the […]

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05.14.15

An end to salmonella on produce? A look at FDA's Food Safety Challenge

By Aliza Glasner

I recently read an article in Forbes that asked, “Are [foodborne] outbreaks actually increasing, or are we just more aware of them?” I work in food safety. I often feel panicked before I feed my children. But I thought that might just be a hazard of working in this field. So, are foodborne outbreaks actually […]

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05.08.15

How to Follow the 2015 World Health Assembly

By Brian Honermann

Author’s Note: Since this was published, the World Health Organization has announced that, for the first time in its history, the deliberations of the Plenary, Committee A and Committee B will be webcast and available to the general public. Live webcasts can be viewed here. In 10 days, delegates from World Health Organization member states will gather to […]

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