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Monthly Archives: June 2015

06.30.15

Glossip v. Gross: When it comes to the death penalty, the Supreme Court remains divided

By Rebecca Reingold

The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term yesterday, handing down a decision that upholds the use of a controversial drug for lethal injection in executions. In recent years, the limited availability of substances used in lethal injection protocols – due to changes in the domestic production of these substances as well as tighter regulations in […]

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06.26.15

A Cause for Celebration: The Americas Lead the Way on Health for Older Persons

By Ana S. Ayala

This post was co-authored by Ana Ayala and Lois Sheng Liu. On June 15, the 45th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons, the very first legally-binding instrument that directly protects the rights of older persons, including their right to health […]

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06.25.15

King v. Burwell: An Exercise in Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by  Tim Westmoreland, a Professor from Practice at Georgetown Law.  His courses include legislation and statutory interpretation, health law, and the federal budget process. Everyone within reach of an electronic device already knows that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) again today. Tax subsidies can continue to […]

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06.24.15

Subway supports the American Diabetes Association in more ways than one. Starting with Soda.

By Aliza Glasner

I went to Subway for lunch yesterday. When I checked out I was offered the chance to get a second sub for free, if I made a donation to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) AND bought a 30-ounce soda. In other words, contribute to fight diabetes while drinking about 20 teaspoons of sugar! The irony […]

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06.22.15

Trans fat: it’s time for global elimination

By Sarah Roache

Last week, US consumers received the good news that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require manufacturers to remove artificial trans fat from food products within three years. From a domestic perspective, the public health benefits of the FDA’s move are irrefutable. Through a global lens however, the impacts are less clear. Often, transnational […]

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06.19.15

Why health should be the new orange: the toxic state of women's prisons

By Fernanda Alonso

Starting to binge watch the third season of Netflix’s acclaimed ‘Orange is the New Black’ might make us think we know what women’s prisons in the US are like. However, as enjoyable (or cringe worthy at times) as the show may be, it misrepresents the real women’s federal prison population and gives us only a glimpse […]

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06.11.15

Competing to smoke – when antitrust law undermines the public health

By Katherine Shats

What if I told you that while one government agency is tasked with reducing the prevalence of smoking in the US, another is making decisions that aim to keep cigarettes cheap and accessible? Well, this bizarre outcome is exactly what happens when antitrust law is rigidly applied to the tobacco industry. This week, with approval […]

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06.10.15

MERS in Korea: Why This Outbreak Can Be Stopped Soon

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Daniel R. Lucey, Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Any questions or comments about the post can be directed to drl23@georgetown.edu. The original post appeared on the CSIS Korea […]

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06.09.15

O'Neill Institute Briefing: "Ebola, the World Health Organization, and Beyond: Toward a Framework for Global Health Security"

By O’Neill Institute

The West African Ebola epidemic has demonstrated that the world remains ill-prepared to respond to infectious disease outbreaks. A host of institutions are now reviewing what went wrong, and new institutions are being considered, including an African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Bank-initiated Pandemic Emergency Facility. The World Health Organization itself failed […]

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